Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Conveying an admonition or a warning: a monitory glance.
  • n. A letter of admonition, such as one from a bishop or an ecclesiastical court.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. giving admonition and warning
  • n. a written letter giving admonition

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving admonition; instructing by way of caution; warning.
  • n. Admonition; warning; especially, a monition proceeding from an ecclesiastical court, but not addressed to any one person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving monition or admonition; admonitory; spoken by way of warning; instructing by way of caution.
  • n. Admonition; warning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving to warn

Etymologies

Middle English monitorie, letter of admonition, admonitory, from Medieval Latin monitōria, admonition, from feminine of Latin monitōrius, monitory, from monitor, monitor; see monitor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • They are also too far away, normally a monitory should be as far away as its size.

    Small Home Office Idea for a Small Apartment

  • The liberality of Virginia, or, as the result may prove, her folly, which submitted to, or, if you will, PROPOSED _this measure_ (abolition of slavery in the N.W. territory) has eventuated in effects which speak a monitory lesson.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • The liberality of Virginia, or, as the result may prove, her folly, which submitted to, or, if you will, PROPOSED _this measure_, (abolition of slavery in the N.W. territory) has eventuated in effects which speak a monitory lesson.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • One of the most baneful instruments of ancient criminal procedure was what was known as the monitory; this was a notice from the pulpit, given out by the bishop and repeated by all vicars to their parishioners, ordering them to make inquiries about the crime in question, and to reveal all the facts which might come to their knowledge.

    Mauprat

  • (abolition of slavery in the N.W. territory) has eventuated in effects which speak a monitory lesson.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • When it comes to religion, some leaders need to focus less on satisfying their own ego, whether it is monitory gain, a thirst for power and attention, a thirst for status either here on earth or a heavenly sense of status, and a thirst for image and quantity rather than quality -- all of which are ego's way of wanting more and using religion to get it.

    Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD: The Psychology of Religion: Why Are Some of Us Attracted to It?

  • If you have a 20 inch monitory, you should put it 20 inch in front of you.

    Small Home Office Idea for a Small Apartment

  • The result of the whole is that we must recur to the monitory reflection that no Government of human device, & human administration can be perfect; that that which is the least imperfect is therefore the best Govt.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Wishful Linguistics

  • "The Bank of Uganda is reforming its monitory policy framework to meet challenges of the macroeconomic management generated by the transformation of the economy," he said.

    Uganda Tries to Calm Inflation Outrage

  • The bank intends to maintain a tight monitory policy stance to curb demand for credit, and so dampen inflationary pressure over the next 6-12 months, officials said.

    Uganda Tries to Calm Inflation Outrage

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