- giving premonition; serving to warn beforehand.
Origin of premonitory
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Examples from the Web for premonitory
At this moment a faint chill, like the first premonitory symptom of an illness, falls upon Jones.Hagel's Orwell Moment on India
February 26, 2013
"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.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
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?
Word Origin and History for premonitory
1640s, from Late Latin praemonitorius, from praemonitor, agent noun from stem of praemonere (see premonition).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper