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Conveying an admonition or a warning: a monitory glance.
n. pl. mon·i·to·ries
A letter of admonition, such as one from a bishop or ecclesiastical court.

[Middle English monitorie, letter of admonition, admonitory, from Medieval Latin monitōria, admonition, from feminine of Latin monitōrius, monitory, from monitor, monitor; see monitor.]


(ˈmɒnɪtərɪ; -trɪ)
warning or admonishing: a monitory look.
n, pl -ries
rare a letter containing a monition


(ˈmɒn ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. admonitory.
2. a letter containing a warning.
[1400–50; < Latin monitōrius warning =moni- (see monitor) + -tōrius -tory1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.monitory - serving to warnmonitory - serving to warn; "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an exemplary jail sentence"
dissuasive - deterring from action; "dissuasive advice"; "made a slight dissuasive gesture with her hand"


References in classic literature ?
Let us pause, my fellow-citizens, for one moment, over this melancholy and monitory lesson of history; and with the tear that drops for the calamities brought on mankind by their adverse opinions and selfish passions, let our gratitude mingle an ejaculation to Heaven, for the propitious concord which has distinguished the consultations for our political happiness.
The experience of Great Britain, which presents to mankind so many political lessons, both of the monitory and exemplary kind, and which has been frequently consulted in the course of these inquiries, corroborates the result of the reflections which we have just made.
But don't run away with a false impression," he continued eagerly, turning and linking his arm through Denham's, as though to prevent him from escaping; and, thus compelled, Denham passed the monitory lamp-post, to which, in passing, he breathed an excuse, for how could he break away when Rodney's arm was actually linked in his?
I will confess that I came here for the purpose of seeing you (not without some monitory misgivings at my own presumption, and fears that I should be as little welcome as expected when I came), but I did not know that this estate was yours until enlightened on the subject of your inheritance by the conversation of two fellow-passengers in the last stage of my journey; and then I saw at once the folly of the hopes I had cherished, and the madness of retaining them a moment longer; and though I alighted at your gates, I determined not to enter within them; I lingered a few minutes to see the place, but was fully resolved to return to M- without seeing its mistress.
Haroon Akhter said all the international monitory organizations including Moodi's, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank had declared that country's economy progressed from stable to positive, which was negative during the past regime.
KARAK -- The Provincial Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Mushtaq Ahmad Khan has regretted that the rulers were unable to fix the prices of petty commodities in the country and claimed that the world donor agencies like International Monitory Fund (IMF) and World Bank were fixing the prices of commodities which was clearly reflect the wrong monitory policies of the rulers.
KARACHI -- Chairman Standing Committee Finance Senator Saleem Mandviwalla has said that Pakistan has to adopt unconventional fiscal and monitory policy measure since the fiscal and monetary policies are no longer restricted to their traditional roles.
Contract Awarded for Supply, Erection, Commissioning & Post Warranty AMC of Ambient Air Quality Monitory Analyzers (SPM PM 2.
Mr Al Maraj also previewed the monitory and supervisory role of the central bank and its initiatives that contribute to the development of the market, particularly in the fundamental areas of training and skills development, which insurance companies should critically observe to fulfil their obligations towards societal responsibility.
5 million grant from International Monitory Fund (IMF) that would be utilized to erect a 560 kilometer wide power supply network passing through its northern and eastern provinces to neighboring Pakistan.
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company's crude oil tanker Kazmiah III had its main engine overhauled and a gas emission monitory system installed.
The minister said that the state will resort to the use of electronic technology in monitoring in order to keep security in Sudan by distribution of monitory camera at a number of areas.