Definition of cautionary in English:

cautionary

adjective

  • Serving as a warning.

    ‘a cautionary tale’
    • ‘Salter's film is a bitter cautionary tale of political and naval cover-ups.’
    • ‘This is a cautionary tale about what happens when you allow innuendo to sully your life.’
    • ‘This has been but a cautionary tale, intended as a word of warning to all you who pursue careers in music.’
    • ‘A barrister tells a cautionary tale from Australia, on the dangers of creating a crime of incitement to religious hatred.’
    • ‘There is something of the cautionary tale to this piece, but it's done without an ounce of preachiness.’
    • ‘But although there is much that is brutal here, it is really a cautionary tale about choice and the danger of nursing anger.’
    • ‘Brandys then issued a cautionary warning which seems very important to me, and is too often overlooked.’
    • ‘Yet all the words of warning and cautionary tales cannot dent his ambition to do something out of the ordinary.’
    • ‘But, this is a cautionary tale that we should be very careful to look at with eyes wide open.’
    • ‘Fritz is a darkly comic cautionary tale warning of the danger of consumerism and entrepreneurial greed.’
    • ‘ACT New Zealand will support this legislation but we would like to sound this cautionary warning.’
    • ‘These three books constitute both landmarks and cautionary warnings in a long process that none of them addresses directly.’
    menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful
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Pronunciation

cautionary

/ˈkɔːʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/