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[kaw-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr i/
of the nature of or containing a warning:
cautionary advice; a cautionary tale.
Origin of cautionary
1590-1600; caution + -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cautionary
  • Our leaders' failure to learn from history is a cautionary tale.
  • For those of us in the tech-review business, however, these flopperoos live on as painful memories-and cautionary tales.
  • We've all been told to be cautionary against dining out at fast food.
  • The book is part memoir and part cautionary tale about trying to change a culture.
  • It's a cautionary set of observations that all of us need to heed.
  • The second study offers a cautionary tale about what can happen when one chemical is replaced for another.
  • The cautionary tale of my ruined engagement ring, with a foray into the science of gold and diamonds.
  • One cautionary tale about the perils of relying on a homogenous food source revolves around the humble potato.
  • But not all cautionary oil predictions have been wrong.
  • When gathered around the stove before bedtime, veterans of these stations sometimes tell newcomers a cautionary tale.
British Dictionary definitions for cautionary


serving as a warning; intended to warn: a cautionary tale
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cautionary

"conveying a warning," 1590s, from caution (n.) + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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