cautionary cautionary  /ˈkɔ ʃə ˌnɛ ri/


  1. (adj) warding off
  2. (adj) serving to warn


  1. Two cautionary notes: The sound output is dinky, so you'll want to use it with headphones, which makes it less fun for the whole family, or an external speaker, which makes it bulky.
  2. She lived a fabled life and a cautionary tale, a princess of irreducible splendor yet one who bore testimony to the commonality of loneliness and heartbreak.
  3. From the time they are born, our brothers and sisters are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales.


  1. 'The Bling Ring' Review: Celebrity Fandom Gone Wild

    Sofia Coppola's film is a cautionary tale for the TMZ era.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: US News & World Report

  2. 'So You Think You Can Dance': 200 hopefuls head for tryouts in Las Vegas

    The cautionary warning, "Be careful what you wish for -- it might come true," should have been written on every plane ticket of the 200 dancers who flew to Las Vegas for four days of blood, sweat and tears in their attempt to be on Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. Will Prime Minister Abe save Japan's economy?

    Long held up as a cautionary tale for the US and Europe, Japan’s economy is now being talked about in much more effusive tones.Six months after he took office promising to drag the world’s third-largest economy out of two “lost” decades of stagnation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approach – inevitably dubbed Abenomics – is now being touted as an alternative to the West’s austerity drive.The Tokyo ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News


  1. "We have a cautionary tale with the American island of Guam and the brown tree snake," said Reed. "Within 40 years of its arrival, this invasive snake has decimated the island's native wildlife -- 10 of Guam's 12 native forest birds, one of...
    on Oct 13, 2009 By: Robert Reed Source: United Press International

  2. "The cautionary note of that convention to the party was to avoid at all costs the kind of open warfare on a platform issue and a large dispute that could take place in prime time," said Kearns Goodwin.
    on Aug 23, 2008 By: Doris Kearns Goodwin Source:

  3. "The GOP's progress during the last four decades is a stunning political achievement. But it is also a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominate party in this case, the Democrat Party when its thinking becomes ossified; when its energy begins to...
    on Jan 20, 2006 By: Karl Rove Source: Seattle Times

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