tending or serving to admonish; warning: an admonitory gesture.
- ad·mon·i·to·ri·ly, adverb
- un·ad·mon·i·to·ry, adjective
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How to use admonitory in a sentence
He seems implacably bespectacled—admonitory even in his flippant asides.
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.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
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
The language of the dying woman was kind and free from reproach, but it was solemn and admonitory.The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas | James Fenimore Cooper