notice

Definitions

General English

Banking

  • noun an official warning that a contract is going to end or that terms are going to be changed
  • noun the time allowed before something takes place

Commerce

  • noun official written information that an employee is leaving their job on a certain date
  • noun a legal document (such as telling a tenant to leave property which he is occupying)

Information & Library Science

  • noun a written announcement displayed so that everyone can read it

Law

  • noun information given to warn someone officially that something is going to happen, e.g. that a contract is going to end, that terms of a contract are going to be changed, that an employee will leave a job at a specific date, or that a tenant must leave the property being occupied
  • noun a legal document informing someone of something
  • noun knowledge of a fact

Media Studies

  • noun a written statement of information, often displayed on a board or wall, or published in a newspaper or magazine

Military

  • noun a written document which is displayed in order to pass on information or a warning
  • noun a specified period of time before something happens

Politics

  • noun the official passing of information to someone, especially warning that something may happen such as a that a contract is going to end, that a worker will leave his job or that a tenant must leave the property he or she is living in

Real Estate

  • noun the period of time between the giving of a warning or notification and its taking effect
  • noun official notification of the exercise of a right, especially the right to terminate employment, or the amount of time in advance that such notification is given

Origin & History of “notice”

One of the main Latin verbs for ‘know’ was nōscere (earlier gnōscere), a distant relative of English know and, via the derived cognōscere, source of a wide range of English words, from cognizance to reconnaissance. From its past participle nōtus was formed the noun nōtitia, which denoted ‘knowledge, acquaintance’. English took this over via Old French notice, and at first used it only for ‘advance knowledge, warning’ (as in ‘give someone notice of something’). The main modern sense, ‘heed, attention’ (as in ‘take notice of’), did not emerge until the end of the 16th century (and the use of the verb notice for ‘observe, perceive’ is later still, dating from the mid-18th century). also from the Latin past participial stem nōt- come notify (14th c.), notion (16th c.), and notorious.
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