cautionary

[ kaw-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr i /

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for cautionary

cautionary
/ (ˈkɔːʃənərɪ) /

adjective

serving as a warning; intended to warna cautionary tale
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