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

Definition of incautious

: lacking in caution : careless an incautious remark

Other Words from incautious

incautiously adverb
incautiousness noun

Examples of incautious in a Sentence

He offended several people with his incautious remarks. Their incautious behavior is going to get them into trouble someday.
Recent Examples on the Web The Spanish field commander, a famously incautious general named Manuel Fernández Silvestre, perished in the melee, possibly by suicide. Frederic Wehrey, The New York Review of Books, 18 Dec. 2021 As the vaccinated and the incautious head out on vacation there has been a run on rental cars in Hawaii that has pushed rates for rental cars above $200 per day. Annie White, Car and Driver, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of incautious

circa 1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Incautious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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