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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 ?
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.
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.
They pulled on in silence till Tess, without any premonitory symptoms, burst out crying.
It wanted five minutes to twelve, when the premonitory symptoms of the working of the laudanum first showed themselves to me.
By some fishermen his approach is regarded as premonitory of the advance of the great sperm whale.
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.
I was undressing in my own room, when, with a premonitory tap at the door, he entered, and at once began to speak.
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.
God has come to our rescue, and gifted us with a leader, great in trials, mature in his judgement, infinite in his affections for his fellow Muslims, and who stands like the premonitory, who not only stands four square to all the waves of intrigues and hatred, but against whom all these waves are repelled.
Tourette symptoms will be evaluated via the Premonitory Urge for Tics Scale as well as Clinical Global Impression Scales.
Next are stereotypies, which usually don't have a premonitory feeling and are more fluid and rhythmic such as body rocking and leg bobbing.