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cautionary

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

First recorded in 1590–1600; caution + -ary
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cautionary

adjective
  1. serving as a warning; intended to warna cautionary tale
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Word Origin and History for cautionary

adj.

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

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