cautionary

[kaw-shuh-ner-ee]
adjective
of the nature of or containing a warning: cautionary advice; a cautionary tale.

Origin:
1590–1600; caution + -ary

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cautionary (ˈkɔːʃənərɪ)
 
adj
serving as a warning; intended to warn: a cautionary tale

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cautionary
"conveying a warning," 1638, from caution.
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Example sentences
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.
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