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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. 2018.
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  • "These are only premonitory symptoms, after all," said Barrington, laughing.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Hence the importance of a knowledge of this premonitory symptom.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • premonitory signs of this change of front were soon visible at Berlin.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • 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
  • There was already a premonitory touch of autumn in the bright air.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • Soon "Old Faithful" gives the premonitory symptoms of an eruption.

  • As for the premonitory symptoms, they are in the air for several weeks.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • Meanwhile, a premonitory symptom of revolution had occurred in Geneva.

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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