from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or performed by monitors.
  • adjective Monitory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Monitory; admonitory.
  • Pertaining to or connected with a monitor or monitors, especially in the scholastic sense; conducted or carried on by monitors; proceeding from or performed by monitors; hence, in a general sense, educational; disciplinary: as, a monitorial school; a monitorial system; monitorial instruction; monitorial duties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a monitor or monitors.
  • adjective Done or performed by a monitor; ; conducted or taught by monitors

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, or relating to monitors
  • adjective of, or relating to an admonition; monitory
  • adjective freemasonry not secret and therefore printed in the Monitor


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  • Among civilized races and those wise in philosophy dreams play a very important part, and are classified as monitorial, prophetic, etc., etc.

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  • Whips and rods used in a kind of monitorial system by themselves had a great part in the education of these young aristocrats, and, as pain surely must do, pain not of bodily disease or wretched accidents, but as it were by dignified rules of art, seem to have refined them, to have made them observant of the minutest direction in those musical exercises, wherein eye and ear and voice and foot all alike combined.

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  • Bell, Andrew, Dr (1753 – 1832): Anglican divine, born in St. Andrews, who introduced, first in Madras, the monitorial school system, in which more advanced pupils of good character taught less advanced ones.

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  • [2] Southey was a supporter of Bell's new monitorial system of schooling, and had published a work advocating its adoption nationally: The Origin, Nature, and

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  • The congregational day schools arose, in part, to provide an alternative to the Christian-influenced public schools and to offer secular instruction of higher quality than could be provided by means of the “monitorial” system, then employed by the free public schools.

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  • Lancasterian, or monitorial, system of instruction was introduced

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  • We, _e. g._, no longer entrust the instruction of the younger children in the school to the older, as was the custom under the monitorial system of Bell and Lancaster, and with the abolition of the pupil-teacher the last remnant of a system introduced at the beginning of the nineteenth century, as the only remedy to meet the dire educational necessities of the time, will have been removed.

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  • And again, in the closing sentences of the monitorial lecture of the Third Degree, the same sentiment is repeated, and we are told that by "the ever green and ever living sprig" the Mason is strengthened "with confidence and composure to look forward to a blessed immortality."

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  • Had he not once offered to quit from his monitorial work to help in the shop and had not his offer been firmly refused? ...

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  • At one time these documents say that 20 young men left the University on account of the monitorial system then in vogue there and entered Dickinson's School.

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