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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.
Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, the elders led by Said Arif Afridi of Jamrud area said that his family had a monitory dispute with a man in Akbarpura where his father retired Sobedar Khadi Gul and another elder Abdullah Wakeel were in a meeting that police arrested them during a raid on a hujra of Mohammad Arshad in Akbarpura on Jan 22.
ISLAMABAD:Advisor to the Prime Minister on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail Friday said the government did not have any programme to take loan from International Monitory Fund (IMF) in coming days.
He was talking to Resident Representative of International Monitory Fund (IMF) Pakistan Tokhir N.
This approval would provide monitory and career benefit to 28,971 employees of the Irrigation Department.
To a question, Minister of State for Finance Rana Afzal said that government is not going for another loan programme of International Monitory Fund (IMF).
Advisor to Prime Minister on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail says the government has no programme to get a loan from International Monitory Fund in coming days, reported Radio Pakistan.
This means, the monitory market is beyond the reach of the commercial banks or the monetary market is dominated by the illegal institutions.
ISLAMABAD -- Advisor to the Prime Minister on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail Friday said the government did not have any programme to take loan from International Monitory Fund (IMF) in coming days.