premonitory

adjective
pre·mon·i·to·ry | \pri-ˈmä-nə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of premonitory 

: giving warning a premonitory symptom

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premonitorily \pri-ˌmä-nə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē \ 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

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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, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 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, "The latest CTHEORY," 13 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of premonitory

1647, in the meaning defined above

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premonitory

adjective
pre·mon·i·to·ry | \pri-ˈmän-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \

Medical Definition of premonitory 

: giving warning a premonitory symptom premonitory aura in epilepsy

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