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adjective as in giving warning


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The finding is “at the very least a cautionary tale,” says study author Julie Cosmidis, a geomicrobiologist at the University of Oxford.

The Secret History is a cautionary tale about how certain strategies of hatred persist over time, manifesting themselves in various forms with the same tropes and characters.

From Time

Scientists believe vaccines will probably remain effective because they produce a robust immune system response, but such reassurances have been paired with cautionary notes about how much remains unknown.

So, plainly cautionary tale — a little bit of knowledge is potentially dangerous.

The dramatic rise and fall of Nikola over just a few months was this year’s cautionary tale.

From Fortune

As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.

Whilst Whitacre never defined himself as an “ally,” this remains a cautionary tale of what not to do.

A truly cautionary tale of a 77-year-old versus the Internet.

In Ireland, the name of Sean Quinn will be forever linked in the public mind as the ultimate cautionary tale of riches to rags.

Gerald Ford and the swine flu pandemic that never happened in 1976 is a cautionary tale that government action can backfire.

There were a few cryptic cautionary references to heightened physico-psychological effects.

Plodder's cautionary signal had been hoisted to some purpose after all.

A woman's intuitions do not ask to have a cautionary signal repeated.

I here append a few cautionary hints which must be taken if you wish to dress well.

"A close column forming column of fours," he cried in a shrill treble, quoting the cautionary part of his command.

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On this page you'll find 8 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to cautionary, such as: admonishing, admonitory, advisory, cautioning, preventive, and warning.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.