premunition

noun

pre·​mu·​ni·​tion ˌprē-myu̇-ˈni-shən How to pronounce premunition (audio)
1
archaic : an advance provision of protection
2
a
: resistance to a disease due to the existence of its causative agent in a state of physiological equilibrium in the host
b
: immunity to a particular infection due to previous presence of the causative agent

Word History

Etymology

Latin praemunition-, praemunitio strengthening of an argument to forestall objections, from praemunire to fortify in advance, from prae- + munire to fortify — more at munition

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of premunition was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Premunition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/premunition. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

premunition

noun
pre·​mu·​ni·​tion ˌprē-myu̇-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce premunition (audio)
1
: resistance to a disease due to the existence of its causative agent in a state of physiological equilibrium in the host
2
: immunity to a particular infection due to previous presence of the causative agent
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