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Definition of the adjective cautionary

What does cautionary mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. warding off
  2. serving to warn

Alternative definition of the adjective cautionary


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

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Google previewA Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law (2011)

by Peter Groves

In a surprisingly large number of countries, protection of a trade mark – and often other forms of intellectual property, too – is still something that can only be achieved by publishing a cautionary notice advising the world that ownership of the ...

Google previewDictionary of International Trade Law, 3rd Edition (2015) (2015)

by Raj Bhala

Cautionary statement standards are applied to all suppliers of goods subject to such statements ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tudor England (2012)

by John A. Wagner, Susan Walters Schmid

Cautionary. Towns. The small Dutch ports of Flushing and Brill, which came to be known as the “cautionary towns,” played important roles in the development of the Netherlands Revolt and in ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Popular Culture (2016)

by Marcel Danesi

CAUTIONARY TALE Story warning ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Children's Literature (2010)

by Emer O'Sullivan

CAUTIONARY TALES AND VERSE Willy Pogany, Salvador Dalí, Tove Jansson, Anthony Browne, and Helen Oxenbury. The first of many stage versions , a musical, was produced in 1868, and numerous film versions have been made, ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: A-F (2008)

by Donald Haase

Maria Nikolajeva Cautionary Tale A cautionary tale is a narrative that demonstrates the consequences of wrongdoing and thus reinforces moral and behavioral norms. Cautionary tales tend to have unhappy endings.

Google previewThe Standard American Encyclopedia of Arts, Sciences, History, Biography, Geography, Statistics, and General Knowledge ... (1897)

by John Clark Ridpath

A cautionary signal: A yellow flag with white center will indicate that the winds expected are not so severe but well-found and seaworthy vessels can meet them without great danger. 2d. A storm signal: A red flag with black center will indicate ...

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It's a difficult undertaking. I've been married for four years and I see this movie as a cautionary tale about people who've gone deeply out of communication. (Mark Ruffalo)
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Scrabble value of C3A1U1T1I1O1N1A1R1Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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