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cautionary (comparative more cautionary, superlative most cautionary)

  1. Serving to caution or warn; admonitory
  2. Serving to ward off; preventive
  3. (obsolete) Held as security or hostage


  • 2003 Paul Magdalino - Byzantium in the Year 1000
    Constantine's provision seems drawn from recent experience and intended for practical application, rather than being just a form of cautionary tale . . .
  • 1715 Casimir Freschot - The Compleat History of the Treaty of Utrecht
    instead of the Cautionary Towns offer'd in the Law Countries, ought to be now contented . . .