1. Cautionary advice or warning: Remember the doctor's admonition to keep the bandage dry.
2. Mild, kind, yet earnest reproof.
[Middle English amonicioun, from Old French amonition, from Latin admonitiō, admonitiōn-, from admonitus, past participle of admonēre, to admonish; see ADMONISH.]
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