MONITION, or ADMONITION (Lat. monere, to admonish), in English ecclesiastical law, an order requiring or admonishing the person complained of to do something specified in the monition, or appear and show cause to the contrary, " under pain of the law and penalty thereof." It is the lightest form of ecclesiastical censure, whether to clergymen or laymen, but disobedience to it, after it has been duly and regularly served, entails the penalties of contempt of court. Monitions of a disciplinary character are either for the purpose of enforcing residence on a benefice, or in connexion with suits to restrain ritual alleged to be unlawful.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)