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[ad-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ædˈmɒn ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
tending or serving to admonish; warning:
an admonitory gesture.
Origin of admonitory
From the Medieval Latin word admonitōrius, dating back to 1585-95. See ad-, monitory
Related forms
admonitorily, adverb
unadmonitory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "See that she gets her tea, sir," she said in a low, admonitory voice to Anthony.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • His daughter's voice, surprised and admonitory, came to him along the wire.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • His spirits were too high to notice the admonitory note in her voice.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Deeply affecting and admonitory are some of the instances he records.

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • Phœbe, in an admonitory tone, suggested that she had seen the British Museum.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She took the girl's hand and emitted indefinite, admonitory sounds.

    Georgina's Reasons Henry James
  • With her daughter she became motherly and admonitory in her official third person.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • What an amount of infantile aberrations from propriety is the admonitory Paw-paw!

  • You take my tip, though,' he added, wagging an admonitory forefinger.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • At first these editorial utterances were admonitory and critical.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
Word Origin and History for admonitory

1590s, from Late Latin admonitorius, from Latin admonitus, past participle of admonere (see admonish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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