Etymology
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cautionary (adj.)

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

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Definitions of cautionary

cautionary (adj.)
serving to warn;
cautionary (adj.)
warding off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze;
Synonyms: prophylactic
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