• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cautionary serving to warn "shook a monitory finger at him","an exemplary jail sentence"
    • adj cautionary warding off "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cautionary Conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger; as, cautionary signals.
    • Cautionary Given as a pledge or as security. "He hated Barnevelt, for his getting the cautionary towns out of his hands."
    • Cautionary Wary; cautious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cautionary Containing a caution, or warning to avoid danger: as, cautionary advice.
    • cautionary Given as a pledge or in security.
    • cautionary And it is resolved that it [a benevolence raised for the crown in Devon] shall only be employed for the payment of his debts, as namely for Ireland, the Navy, and the Cautionary Towns in the Low Countries; and so, leaving the carriage of this business to your discretions and wisdoms, we bid you heartily farewell.
    • n cautionary Same as cautionry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cautionary containing caution: given as a pledge
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. caution-emcavēre, to beware.


In literature:

Runcie never became an enthusiast, but she allowed herself to be interested, if cautionary.
"The Slowcoach" by E. V. Lucas
It was thus only that England could retain her hold upon the country, and even upon the cautionary towns.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The way they can't do it is cautionary.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The way they can't do it is cautionary.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Cautionary day and night signals are displayed at the principal ports and harbors when dangerous winds or storms are anticipated.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
I have only one cautionary word to utter.
"Literary Taste: How to Form It" by Arnold Bennett
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 9, 1917" by Various
His aunt once called him into her room, and with a cautionary frown on her brow, bade him go dance.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
To guard against this he hit upon the plan of putting up a cautionary ticket.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sabes at length spoke, not without another cautionary sign from his companion.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
I here append a few cautionary hints which must be taken if you wish to dress well.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The telegraphic cautionary warning given by hoisting the storm-drum on receiving the forecast.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
History and tradition were passed on from generation to generation through legends, ballads, proverbs, and cautionary tales.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
And with the smile and the cautionary gesture of the true conspirator, he went away in the demi-light.
"The Moonlit Way" by Robert W. Chambers
We did not allow our excited feelings to hinder us from taking some cautionary steps necessary to the carrying out of our design.
"The Guerilla Chief" by Mayne Reid
A woman's intuitions do not ask to have a cautionary signal repeated.
"Revisiting the Earth" by James Langdon Hill
One was prudently cautionary and was based on the fear that he might be recognized.
"The Real Man" by Francis Lynde
Plodder's cautionary signal had been hoisted to some purpose after all.
"Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life" by Charles King
To depict them has not only a purely historic interest, but a cautionary and practical as well.
"The Magic of the Middle Ages" by Viktor Rydberg
Certain cautionary rules are no less than pedantic, and may be justly and aptly styled Judaical.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler

In news:

Dumb as it was, 'Jersey Shore' served as cautionary tale.
A rapidly spreading rumor about the California city last year offers a cautionary tale for public officials who think social media has little to do with the business of governing.
UBS analyst Steve Milunovich late Thursday issued a cautionary research note on Apple shares, maintaining his Buy rating but trimming his estimates and reducing his target to $700 from $780.
The "Star Trek" legend plays himself in "Eat, Fry, Love," a cautionary tale about turkey fryers .
The cautionary tale of Bush's tax hike.
The cautionary tale of George Bush 's tax hike – in one chart.
Documentaries were the winners this year with films about Pat Tillman, cane toads, and a cautionary tale about Facebook called 'Catfish.'.
Cautionary cases of friendships with wild creatures that went wrong.
The fall of David Petraeus is part Greek tragedy, part cautionary tale about the omnipresence of modern technology.
This is my cautionary tale.
Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements.
The movie opens with the cautionary tale of little Iceland, an idyllic nation so stable that, as one local says, it enjoyed "almost 'end-of-history' status".
Voting and vote-counting glitches in Wichita carry a cautionary message for the rest of the state.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.
Perhaps the quintessential cautionary geek tale, Steven Spielberg's movie version of Jurassic Park was just about perfect when it came out twenty years ago.

In science:

There are also other cautionary points one has to keep in mind when using inverse volume properties to understand the singularities.
Degenerate Configurations, Singularities and the Non-Abelian Nature of Loop Quantum Gravity
However, a cautionary remark for the interpretation of the above results has been expressed .
Summary of the 3rd International Workshop on a Far Detector in Korea for the J-PARC Beam
Nevertheless, as an important cautionary remark, the various inferred D/H ratios in QALS show a spread considerably larger than that expected from the above quoted error bars only.
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Particle Dark Matter
This cautionary note is not to diminish the value of one over the other, rather, it is intended to emphasize that there are many subtle and, at times, conflicting features between such systems that must be clearly understood before any firm conclusions are reached.
Low magnetic-Prandtl number flow configurations for cold astrophysical disk models: speculation and analysis
In the following, we discuss the scale invariant cases [198], as well as the feature cases and loop corrections, ending with some cautionary remarks.
Primordial Non-Gaussianities from Inflation Models
Another lesson to be derived here is a cautionary one.
A Well-Posed Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Test and Comparison
Reference 111 relates a cautionary tale about double beta decay experiments.
Recent Progress in Double Beta Decay
The cautionary tale of the discovery of the J/ψ must also be remembered.
QCD and Hadronic Interactions: Summary talk for Moriond 97
The production rate can increase more than tenfold to match the observed abundances in this scenario because the spallation reactions involving enriched ambient CNO can tap the greater accelerating potential of forward shocks in SNRs. A cautionary note for the LiBeB problem was sounded by Fields and Olive (OG 3.2.04).
Cosmic Ray Origin, Acceleration and Propagation
Regarding uniqueness, despite some cautionary notes from a theoretical point of view, we find no indication of “meta-stable” states for the iterations.
The dynamics of iterated transportation simulations
This means that in spite of the cautionary note in Sec. 4 regarding broken ergodicity etc., practical implementations of DTA seem to be well-behaved in this regard.
The dynamics of iterated transportation simulations
We begin (§ 2) with a cautionary tale concerning the calculation of long-term, mean X-ray luminosities for high-mass X-ray binaries by surveying the literature on the most luminous such system in the Local Group, SMC X-1.
The Hard X-ray Luminosity of OB Star Populations: Implications for the Contribution of Star Formation to the Cosmic X-ray Background
Specifically, the radiative decay K1 → K γ was considered and was shown to be strong relative to the non-strange contributions only in a limited kinematic domain73 . A final cautionary remark is in order here.
Electromagnetic radiation from relativistic nuclear collisions
These are the so-called form factors mentioned earlier in cautionary remark.
Electromagnetic radiation from relativistic nuclear collisions
Two cautionary remarks must however be made.
Rate of photon production from hot hadronic matter