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[pri-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /prɪˈmɒn ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
giving premonition; serving to warn beforehand.
Origin of premonitory
From the Late Latin word praemonitōrius, dating back to 1640-50. See pre-, monitory Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the other day I started on a railway journey with premonitory signs of catching cold.

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Without even a premonitory shout a pony bolted for us, from their huddle.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • There is a kind of premonitory apology implied in my saying this, I am aware.

    Who Was She? Bayard Taylor
  • "These are only premonitory symptoms, after all," said Barrington, laughing.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Depression is often the only symptom; to some girls the premonitory "blues" signify the approach of the period.

  • Hence the importance of a knowledge of this premonitory symptom.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • There came a day when the first premonitory blast of winter swept over the city.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • premonitory signs of this change of front were soon visible at Berlin.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • He had not long to indulge these premonitory reflections ere a door was opened.

Word Origin and History for premonitory

1640s, from Late Latin praemonitorius, from praemonitor, agent noun from stem of praemonere (see premonition).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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