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cautionary


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cautionary  \Cau"tion*a*ry\,  a. 
  1.  Conveying  a  caution,  or  warning  to  avoid  danger;  as 
  cautionary  signals. 
 
  2.  Given  as  a  pledge  or  as  security. 
 
  He  hated  Barnevelt,  for  his  getting  the  cautionary 
  towns  out  of  his  hands.  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  3.  Wary;  cautious.  [Obs.]  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cautionary 
  adj  1:  tending  to  ward  off  "the  swastika...a  very  ancient 
  prophylactic  symbol  occurring  among  all  peoples"- 
  Victor  Schultze  [syn:  {preventive},  {prophylactic}] 
  2:  serving  to  warn;  "shook  a  monitory  finger  at  him";  "an 
  exemplary  jail  sentence"  [syn:  {admonitory},  {exemplary}, 
  {monitory},  {warning(a)}] 




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