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cautionary

[kaw-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
of the nature of or containing a warning:
cautionary advice; a cautionary tale.
Origin of cautionary
1590-1600
1590-1600; caution + -ary
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cautionary

/ˈkɔːʃənərɪ/
adjective
1.
serving as a warning; intended to warn: a cautionary tale
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adj.

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

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