- of the nature of or containing a warning: cautionary advice; a cautionary tale.
Origin of cautionary
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Examples from the Web for cautionary
As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Whilst Whitacre never defined himself as an “ally,” this remains a cautionary tale of what not to do.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
Gerald Ford and the swine flu pandemic that never happened in 1976 is a cautionary tale that government action can backfire.How Presidents Handle Pandemics
October 16, 2014
Read a cautionary tale about the seductive and dangerous power of a charlatan sociopath, featuring goats and the American Dream.The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor'
September 16, 2014
The battle-scarred daytime TV vet agrees that Vieira could survive and even thrive, but offers a cautionary note.Can Meredith Vieira Break the Daytime Curse?
September 4, 2014
"Now Tootsie," said Mr. Bedelle, elevating a cautionary finger.Skippy Bedelle
Plodder's cautionary signal had been hoisted to some purpose after all.Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life
A woman's intuitions do not ask to have a cautionary signal repeated.Revisiting the Earth
James Langdon Hill
This remark startled me, and I was prompted to make a cautionary observation.The House of Martha
Frank R. Stockton
His aunt once called him into her room, and with a cautionary frown on her brow, bade him go dance.Can You Forgive Her?
- serving as a warning; intended to warna cautionary tale
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Word Origin and History for cautionary
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