in·​cau·​tion (ˌ)in-ˈkȯ-shən How to pronounce incaution (audio)
: lack of caution : heedlessness

Example Sentences

as a result of an agent's colossal incaution, a laptop filled with top-secret intelligence was missing
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors and hospitals, eyeing the bottom line, also veered towards incaution when handing out pills. The Economist, 29 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incaution was circa 1720

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Cite this Entry

“Incaution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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