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mon·​i·​to·​ry ˈmä-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce monitory (audio)
: giving admonition : warning


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plural monitories
: a letter giving admonition or warning

Examples of monitory in a Sentence

Adjective historically natural disasters have often been interpreted by some as punitive or monitory measures against sin-ridden humanity
Recent Examples on the Web
What is truly frightening, and monitory, in Ullrich’s book is not that a Hitler could exist, but that so many people seemed to be secretly waiting for him. Adam Kirsch, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2016

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Word History



Middle English, from Latin monitorius, from monēre

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monitory was in the 15th century

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“Monitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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