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premonitory

[pri-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. giving premonition; serving to warn beforehand.
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Origin of premonitory

From the Late Latin word praemonitōrius, dating back to 1640–50. See pre-, monitory
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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.

  • 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


Word Origin and History for premonitory

adj.

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

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