pre·​mon·​i·​to·​ry | \ pri-ˈmä-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce premonitory (audio) \

Definition of premonitory

: giving warning a premonitory symptom

Other Words from premonitory

premonitorily \ pri-​ˌmä-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce premonitory (audio) \ adverb

Examples of premonitory in a Sentence

a moderate tremor that some seismologists have interpreted as a premonitory sign of the catastrophic quake that is inevitable
Recent Examples on the Web Its blood cloud opening sequence turns out to be a premonitory dream, as Lise awakes in her bed on the morning of a day that may change her life altogether. John Hopewell, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Perhaps Lee sees himself as a premonitory vessel who has discovered the junction at which fiction merges with history. The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The title, which came early in the process, proved premonitory. New York Times, 29 Nov. 2020 Most of those who have no visual aura will still experience premonitory symptoms—yawning, fatigue, mood changes, neck pain, sensitivity to light—that may serve as a warning of an imminent headache. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 Like all truly premonitory thought, the critical feminism of Butler, Hayles and Haraway provides an evocative account of body drift as the emblematic sign of contemporary culture. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, 13 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of premonitory

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of premonitory was in 1647

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“Premonitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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pre·​mon·​i·​to·​ry | \ pri-ˈmän-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce premonitory (audio) \

Medical Definition of premonitory

: giving warning a premonitory symptom premonitory aura in epilepsy


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