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 (prĕm′ə-nĭsh′ən, prē′mə-)
1. A presentiment of the future; a foreboding.
2. A warning in advance; a forewarning.

[Late Latin praemonitiō, praemonitiōn-, from Latin praemonitus, past participle of praemonēre, to forewarn : prae-, pre- + monēre, to warn; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·mon′i·to′ri·ly (-mŏn′ĭ-tôr′ə-lē) adv.
pre·mon′i·to′ry adj.


(prɪˈmɒn ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

giving premonition; serving to warn beforehand: premonitory signs.
[1640–50; < Late Latin praemonitōrius. See pre-, monitory]
pre•mon`i•to′ri•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.premonitory - warning of future misfortune
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"


[prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ] ADJ (frm) → premonitorio




[prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ] adj (frm) → premonitore/trice
References in classic literature ?
By some fishermen his approach is regarded as premonitory of the advance of the great sperm whale.
And so I never did feel so happy as I did when my ninth downed its man and I detected the wavering in the crowd which is premonitory of panic.
At all hours of the day and night, I would be taken with the premonitory shudder; above all, if I slept, or even dozed for a moment in my chair, it was always as Hyde that I awakened.
At last, upon a pledge that each should apply to his family with a common frankness, this convention of unhappy young asses broke up, went down the common stair, and in the grey of the spring morning, with the streets lying dead empty all about them, the lamps burning on into the daylight in diminished lustre, and the birds beginning to sound premonitory notes from the groves of the town gardens, went each his own way with bowed head and echoing footfall.
I was undressing in my own room, when, with a premonitory tap at the door, he entered, and at once began to speak.
They pulled on in silence till Tess, without any premonitory symptoms, burst out crying.
I neither knew nor cared: yet a wretched premonitory fascination held me breathless till I was told
Aunt Eleanor showed premonitory signs of pronouncing an opinion.
It wanted five minutes to twelve, when the premonitory symptoms of the working of the laudanum first showed themselves to me.
Tourette symptoms will also be evaluated via the Premonitory Urge for Tics Scale as well as Clinical Global Impression of Change scales, among others.
BBCA) Kyle seeks further confirmation of his premonitory abilities when he insists on speaking to Aumea and learns the meaning of her tattoo.
While we think of memory as an active faculty, we are rarely apt to consider it in its negative or premonitory form," Sperry contends.