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 for cautionary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cautionary \Cau"tion*a*ry\, a.
     1. Conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger; as,
        cautionary signals.
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     2. Given as a pledge or as security.
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              He hated Barnevelt, for his getting the cautionary
              towns out of his hands.               --Bp. Burnet.
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     3. Wary; cautious. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cautionary
      adj 1: warding off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic
             symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze
             [syn: cautionary, prophylactic]
      2: serving to warn; "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an
         exemplary jail sentence" [syn: admonitory, cautionary,
         exemplary, monitory, warning(a)]

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