Definition of premunition in English:

premunition

noun

  • 1rare Prior notification, forewarning; a presentiment or foreboding; = "premonition".

  • 2Medicine
    A state of relative immunity to severe or symptomatic infection by a pathogen (especially a protozoan parasite) resulting from the continued presence of small numbers of the same pathogen in the body.

Origin

Late 15th century; earliest use found in Rolls of Parliament. From Anglo-Norman premunition (in law) prior notification, forewarning and Middle French premunition, French prémunition preparation, provision, precautionary action, state of relative immunity to severe or symptomatic infection by a pathogen resulting from the continued presence of small numbers of the same pathogen in the body and its etymon classical Latin praemūnītiōn-, praemūnītiō strengthening of a case in advance to forestall objections, in post-classical Latin also advance fortification (Vetus Latina), forewarning, advance notice from praemūnīt-, past participial stem of praemūnīre to fortify, in post-classical Latin also (by confusion with praemonēre) to forewarn + -iō.

Pronunciation

premunition

/ˌpriːmjʊˈnɪʃn/