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[in-kaw-shuh s] /ɪnˈkɔ ʃəs/
not cautious; careless; reckless; heedless.
Origin of incautious
1695-1705; in-3 + cautious; compare Latin incautus in same sense
Related forms
incautiously, adverb
incautiousness, noun
rash, brash, hotheaded, headstrong. Unabridged
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  • He merely lay still under it with a fixed frown; but once some incautious tongue dropped the name of Agricola.

    The Grandissimes George Washington Cable
  • Our boat was the most incautious, for we were right over the tail of the whale.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • I was on the way back from a shooting expedition, and had been so incautious as to send my three horses on in front of me.

    A Sportsman's Sketches Ivan Turgenev
  • Palgrave was always extreme; his language was incautious--violent!

  • It was an incautious thing to do, because he very nearly got drowned himself.

  • An incautious movement, and both you and Petrea may be lost!

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • An incautious footstep or a stumble by one of the horses might bring the whole Mexican force down upon them at any moment.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But why this bitterness, this incautious outbreak of injurious words?

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • How could we tell Lady Sarah just now, when—when you have been so incautious and unfortunate——?'

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for incautious


not careful or cautious
Derived Forms
incautiously, adverb
incautiousness, incaution, noun
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Word Origin and History for incautious

1703, from in- (1) + cautious. Related: Incautiously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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