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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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  • In the morning of this very day, I was simple, and incautious, and complying.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • This incautious speech by no means tended to appease the ferocity of the crowd.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Lambert was incautious of his own safety in his great concern for his horse.

  • An incautious word, and you may find yourselves in a most difficult position.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Palgrave was always extreme; his language was incautious--violent!

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

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • But why this bitterness, this incautious outbreak of injurious words?

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • "Then you'll have to go without me," was the incautious reply.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Still also have we to fear that incautious beards will get singed.

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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