[syn: admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory, warning(a)]
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,
2. Given as a pledge or as security.
He hated Barnevelt, for his getting the cautionary
towns out of his hands. --Bp. Burnet.
3. Wary; cautious. [Obs.] --Bacon.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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)]