of the nature of or containing a warning: cautionary advice; a cautionary tale.

Origin of cautionary

First recorded in 1590–1600; caution + -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cautionary

admonishing, admonitory, advisory, warning, preventive

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

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

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