a post, usually mounted on the roadside or at the intersection of two or more roads, bearing a sign for the guidance of travelers.
anything serving as a guide; guideline.

1755–65; guide + post1 Unabridged
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guidepost (ˈɡaɪdˌpəʊst)
1.  a sign on a post by a road indicating directions
2.  a principle or guideline

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Example sentences
It is a helpful guidepost to those wanting provide their dairy cows fresh pasture for as long as their growing season permits.
Rather, an opinion is issued as a guidepost to licensees who wish to engage in safe nursing practice.
These three goals are the guidepost for all of our police reform efforts.
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