in·​cau·​tion | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkȯ-shən How to pronounce incaution (audio) \

Definition of incaution

: lack of caution : heedlessness

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Examples of incaution in a Sentence

as a result of an agent's colossal incaution, a laptop filled with top-secret intelligence was missing
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First Known Use of incaution

circa 1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incaution was circa 1720

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“Incaution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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