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Definition of Cautionary


  1. Conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger; as, cautionary signals.
  2. Given as a pledge or as security.
  3. Wary; cautious.

Cautionary Quotations

Most songs that aren't jump-rope songs, or lullabies, are cautionary tales or goodbye songs and road songs.
Tom Waits

The Miguel Syjuco character is not me. I wanted him to represent my own fears and frustrations and guilt, my own worst tendencies and my optimistic expectations. He's a cautionary tale for me. But he's also an examination of the darkest things that haunt me as a person.
Miguel Syjuco

'Kitchen Confidential' wasn't a cautionary or an expose. I wrote it as an entertainment for New York tri-state area line cooks and restaurant lifers, basically; I had no expectation that it would move as far west as Philadelphia.
Anthony Bourdain

Cautionary tales were fantastic in the '70s.
Alfonso Cuaron

I just want to make stories. They don't have to have a moral or a reason. There might be some mild cautionary notes, but they're not moral. They don't impart any Judeo-Christian ethic of any kind.
Neko Case
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Cautionary Translations

cautionary in German is warnend
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