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  • adj. Serving as a warning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving previous warning or notice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving premonition; serving to warn or notify beforehand.

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

  • adj. warning of future misfortune


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  • Scientists have long known about this so-called premonitory phase, which occurs well before the better-known aura, the flashing lights and wavy lines that about 30% of migraine sufferers see shortly before the headache begins.

    Beware, a Big Headache Is Coming

  • In the early stage, that which might be called premonitory, while the patient is yet able to be about his business, but is complaining of the symptoms above named, he should, as far as possible, abstain from exercise and food, and take of _Baptisia_ and _Phosphorus_ alternately,

    An Epitome of the Homeopathic Healing Art Containing the New Discoveries and Improvements to the Present Time

  • -- Heaven grant that little snort be not what the medical people call a premonitory symptom -- if so, he'll be in upon me now in no time.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer — Complete

  • The first phase of a migraine is called the premonitory period or prodrome.

    Brain Blogger

  • There is a kind of premonitory apology implied in my saying this, I am aware.

    Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2

  • Young Americans came to view religion, according to one survey, as judgmental, homophobic, hypocritical, and too political.49 All these were premonitory signs that a second major aftershock was about to roil the American religious landscape.

    American Grace

  • It's not because Hitchens' book is necessarily exhaustive or premonitory I haven't read it so I can't say, but the media spray -- giddy, vengeful, adulatory, dismissive, etc. -- following the book seems to have covered it all.

    Ashley Rindsberg: On Hitchens

  • Much of last week's Facebook commentary amounted to little more than premonitory versions of the standard hindsight fallacy.

    'Defining' the Facebook Deal

  • I cannot be quite sure why she leaves out the premonitory stirrings of the so-called Pilgrimage of Grace, the last stand of traditional conservative Catholic England against King Henry (so well caught by John Buchan in The Blanket of the Dark), unless she intends a successor volume.

    The Men Who Made England

  • A premonitory tremor sighed down the air, and the rainbow wall swayed above them.

    CHAPTER 25


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