Definition of cautionary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cautionary

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːʃənəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːʃəneri//
 
 
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giving advice or a warning a cautionary tale about the problems of buying a computer In her conclusion, the author sounds a cautionary note.
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