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incautious

[in-kaw-shuh s] /ɪnˈkɔ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
not cautious; careless; reckless; heedless.
Origin of incautious
1695-1705
1695-1705; in-3 + cautious; compare Latin incautus in same sense
Related forms
incautiously, adverb
incautiousness, noun
Synonyms
rash, brash, hotheaded, headstrong.
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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
  • Palgrave was always extreme; his language was incautious--violent!

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

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

  • But why this bitterness, this incautious outbreak of injurious words?

    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
  • Our boat was the most incautious, for we were right over the tail of the whale.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • 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

incautious

/ɪnˈkɔːʃəs/
adjective
1.
not careful or cautious
Derived Forms
incautiously, adverb
incautiousness, incaution, noun
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Word Origin and History for incautious
adj.

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

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