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Cautionary tales

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Stories, verses, or writings usually intended for children, admonishing or warning of the consequences of misbehavior or foolishness; also, in various disciplines, use for writings warning of possible methodological pitfalls.

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Term used for

tales, cautionary

Equivalent Terms used

cautionary tale


12yrs ago

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