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ˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr icau·tion·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cautionary, prophylacticadjective

    warding off

    "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze

  2. admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory, warning(a)adjective

    serving to warn

    "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an exemplary jail sentence"


  1. cautionaryadjective

    Serving to caution or warn; admonitory

  2. cautionaryadjective

    Serving to ward off; preventive

  3. cautionaryadjective

    Held as security or hostage

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cautionaryadjective

    conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger; as, cautionary signals

  2. Cautionaryadjective

    given as a pledge or as security

  3. Cautionaryadjective

    wary; cautious

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cautionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cautionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of cautionary in a Sentence

  1. David Fink:

    What it really offers is this cautionary tale that says a few things. One, the amount of money and resources that are going into these programs need to be evaluated to understand what their ultimate costs are, studies have come out in the past looking at reduced prescribing behavior, but we're taking it to the next level -- looking at fatal or nonfatal overdoses. And what we're seeing is that when you actually look at the literature, it isn't that strong to support.

  2. Peter Kent:

    His ordeal is a cautionary tale to any investor who thinks the Cuban playing field is level.

  3. Susan Witt:

    I think in this day and age, patients do have to be their own advocate, this has been a cautionary tale which I believe patients can learn from.

  4. Kent Ninomiya:

    He should just let it go, what’s done is done. He’s still going to be a very rich man. It’s a cautionary tale for everyone.

  5. Robert Long:

    This report provides a cautionary tale for people as they consider how to celebrate the winter holidays, the gatherings at the center of this outbreak occurred in a rural area that had seen almost no evidence of Covid-19.

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