from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Giving or serving as a warning; admonitory: a cautionary tale; cautionary advice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Serving to caution or warn; admonitory
- adj. Serving to ward off; preventive
- adj. Held as security or hostage
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger.
- adj. Given as a pledge or as security.
- adj. Wary; cautious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing a caution, or warning to avoid danger: as, cautionary advice.
- Given as a pledge or in security.
- 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. Same as cautionry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. warding off
- adj. serving to warn
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