in·​cau·​tious | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce incautious (audio) \

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 Pence has far more practice, and a rare gift at translating some of the president’s more callous, inflammatory or incautious statements into ordinary GOP-speak. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Pence the Trump-whisperer matches wits with Harris the prosecutor," 8 Oct. 2020 And while the easing varied country to country, many leaders made clear that things could be shut down again — if citizens grew suddenly too incautious. Jason Horowitz,, "Italy eases virus lockdown, and gets first reckoning of toll," 4 May 2020 President Trump, confined to the Rose Garden a short while later, conducted a news conference heavy on characteristic self-congratulation, periodic misrepresentation and medically incautious handshakes. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "The 2020 Campaign Is Over. The Coronavirus Campaign Just Started.," 15 Mar. 2020 The route from Porto to Lisbon presented nary a patch of dry pavement and more than a few incautious sheep wandering out of the fog. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Updated Jaguar F-Type Tames Some of its Roar," 10 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of incautious

circa 1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incautious was circa 1703

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“Incautious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incautious

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

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