[ ad-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
See synonyms for admonitory on
  1. 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

Other words from admonitory

  • ad·mon·i·to·ri·ly, adverb
  • un·ad·mon·i·to·ry, adjective

Words Nearby admonitory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use admonitory in a sentence

  • He seems implacably bespectacled—admonitory even in his flippant asides.

    Blame the Messenger | Lee Siegel | August 17, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • When we were mounted Mac leaned over and muttered an admonitory word for Piegan's ear alone.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • To this it may be answered that punishment for crime is not intended to be retaliatory, but admonitory and deterrent.

  • It was not in human nature to refrain from giving the little savage an admonitory shake.

    The Doctor's Family | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • When she took her children to pieces before their faces, she was sharp and admonitory enough with them.

    April Hopes | William Dean Howells