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[mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. serving to admonish or warn; admonitory.
  2. giving monition.
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noun, plural mon·i·to·ries.
  1. Also called monitory letter. a letter, as one from a bishop, containing a monition.
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Origin of monitory

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin monitōrius reminding, warning, equivalent to moni- (see monitor) + -tōrius -tory1
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Related Words

admonishing, admonitory, advisory, warning, wise

Examples from the Web for monitory

Historical Examples

  • The rattlesnake hushed his monitory signal as he approached her.

    Peter Parley's Own Story

    Samuel G. Goodrich

  • To them, and to my countrymen at large, I offer this farewell, and this monitory counsel.

    Spencer's Letters

    Orson Spencer

  • It will be well for the rulers of Europe to heed its monitory voice.

  • The tone in which these words were spoken was gentle rather than monitory.

    Mated from the Morgue

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • Him Nature solicits with all her placid, all her monitory pictures.


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for monitory


adjective Also: monitorial
  1. warning or admonishinga monitory look
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noun plural -ries
  1. rare a letter containing a monition
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Word Origin and History for monitory


late 15c., from Latin monitorius "admonishing," from monitus, past participle of monere (see monitor (n.)).

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