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Definition of incautious

: lacking in caution : careless an incautious remark

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Other Words from incautious

incautiously adverb
incautiousness noun

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He offended several people with his incautious remarks. Their incautious behavior is going to get them into trouble someday.
Recent Examples on the Web Boris Johnson, a charismatic and incautious politician with scant public views on science, became U.K. prime minister last week. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hardline Brexit stance stokes fears for scientists," 29 July 2019 Image If nothing else, Mr. Tester is incautious, at least compared to most of the other Senate Democrats up for re-election this fall in states that Mr. Trump won big. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Jon Tester, a Democrat in Deep-Red Montana, Isn’t Sweating Trump’s Threats," 3 June 2018 Now, in The Suicide of the West, an older, more circumspect Goldberg, having spent more than a decade arguing that liberals are mindless crypto-fascists, is here to warn us that incautious rhetoric is tearing the country apart. Park Macdougald, Daily Intelligencer, "The Idea-Free Book That Has the Right Excited About Ideas," 1 June 2018 Every so often the Central Intelligence Agency uses the proviso to seize the profits of a book by an incautious ex-spook. The Economist, "Memo to White House staff: keep talking," 22 Mar. 2018 Please's food is exploratory, boundary-crossing, incautious. Polly Campbell,, "The best restaurant of 2017 is ...," 11 Jan. 2018 Bannon told Kuttner, in an interview that was astonishing for its incautious honesty. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Steve Bannon’s Plan To Make America Great Again—With or Without Trump," 28 Dec. 2017 This might then leave us with the impression of Levine as overly cautious in some ways but in others, particularly when his conducting was unflinchingly introspective or orgiastic, altogether incautious. Mark Swed,, "On the Met's James Levine, and the age-old debate of separating the art from the artist," 21 Dec. 2017 Second, signs are appearing that fund managers, desperate for higher yields, are becoming increasingly incautious. The Economist, "The bull market in everythingAsset prices are high across the board. Is it time to worry?," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of incautious

circa 1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Incautious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of incautious

formal : not careful about avoiding danger or risk : not cautious

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