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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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Examples from the web for incautious
  • And the president was really incautious to throw himself into the wolf's mouth.
  • He made clear that the administration isn't being entirely incautious about the risk of fiscal drag on recovery.
  • It would be incautious to view the similarity of real data to the model runs as evidence of the model's validity.
  • Hence, an incautious worker could try to interpret all three as mixing lines.
  • In either case he acted upon his convictions with incautious sincerity and manly courage.
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.

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