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Dictionary Definition



1 a firm rebuke [syn: admonition, admonishment]
2 cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger) [syn: admonition, warning, word of advice]
3 a summons issued after the filing of a libel or claim directing all parties concerned to show cause why the judgment asked for should not be granted [syn: process of monition]

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  1. A caution or warning or imminent danger
  2. An admonition or rebuke
  3. A summons in some courts

Extensive Definition

In the U.S., monition refers to a summons.
In English law and the canon law of the Church of England, a monition, contraction of admonition, is an order to a member of the clergy to do or refrain from doing a specified act. Other than a rebuke, it is the least severe censure available against clergy of the Church of England. A monition can be imposed in person by a bishop or by an ecclesiastical court.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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