[mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


serving to admonish or warn; admonitory.
giving monition.

noun, plural mon·i·to·ries.

Also called monitory letter. a letter, as one from a bishop, containing a monition.

Origin of monitory

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin monitōrius reminding, warning, equivalent to moni- (see monitor) + -tōrius -tory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for monitory

admonishing, admonitory, advisory, warning, wise

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British Dictionary definitions for monitory


adjective Also: monitorial

warning or admonishinga monitory look

noun plural -ries

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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