pre·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce premonition (audio) , ˌpre- How to pronounce premonition (audio) \

Definition of premonition

1 : previous notice or warning : forewarning
2 : anticipation of an event without conscious reason : presentiment

Examples of premonition in a Sentence

She had a premonition that he would call. she had a premonition that her cat would somehow get hurt that day
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First Known Use of premonition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for premonition

Middle English premunition, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin premunition-, premunitio, alteration of Late Latin praemonitio, from Latin praemonēre to warn in advance, from prae- + monēre to warn — more at mind

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“Premonition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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pre·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce premonition (audio) , ˌpre- \

Kids Definition of premonition

: a feeling that something is going to happen

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