Definition of incautious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkɔːʃəs/


(Of a person or an action) heedless of potential problems or risks: he blames incautious borrowing during the boom
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  • I will explain how this came about, since I still cannot believe that I was so incautious as to assent when the Lord asked me to come down.
  • Because the potential costs of an incautious filibuster are so obvious, the Democrats have opted not to filibuster even in situations where the temptation to employ the tactic must have been strong.
  • This city's history makes it wide open, accepting, perhaps incautious and that makes London a perfect target for the psychopathic criminal nihilists but it also makes it a robust and adaptable entity.



Example sentences
  • Because it can be used to justify both precaution and incaution, it can also be used to plead either necessity (we have no choice) or discretion (we have to make a choice), or both, depending on the circumstances.
  • Kokokda had been quite good, very fast and strong, but much too full of bravado and incaution.
  • If the secret is corroborated or if there is proof that a professed strategic direction may be an actual one, then the good strategist uses the enemy's incaution as a gift of knowledge.


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkɔːʃəsli/
Example sentences
  • At a dinner party in New York once, when conversation got around to what we would like to have been doing if fate hadn't directed us into doing what we did, I incautiously said I would like to have been an actor.
  • I cannot overlook the fact that he is a man of 77 and may, during the course of his evidence, on occasion have said things incautiously.
  • He admitted that we had been too democratic, but was afraid that we should incautiously run to the other extreme.


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkɔːʃəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Anyway, I was interested in what Margaret Drabble thought and felt and rather admired her incautiousness.
  • Investors in growing enterprises have repented of their boom-era zeal and incautiousness, and are now subjecting every deal to microscopic scrutiny.


Mid 17th century: on the pattern of Latin incautus.

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