Definition of incautious in English:



  • Heedless of potential problems or risks.

    ‘he blames incautious borrowing during the boom’
    • ‘And a senior official from the Economic Development and Trade Ministry called the idea ‘very incautious.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An upright young man, with an ardent heart, but without wealth, and temperamentally incautious, such as you are, will always be a tool of faction, or a victim of the powerful.’
    • ‘In a later interview he judged that his earlier assertions about freedom were incautious; but he still held that in the end one is always responsible for what is made of one in some absolute sense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some people in society refuse to understand me, saying that I was incautious for going out at night.’
    • ‘The UK's international alliances could be damaged by the incautious assertion of arguments under international law which affect the position of those other states.’
    • ‘What shall I do in such fearful combat, weak, incautious, divided in myself?’
    • ‘To force all the cultural developments of a complex age into a single pattern might seem incautious.’
    • ‘He said the UK, despite Tory claims that he had been incautious, had met his forecasts for growth which was 2.3 per cent last year.’
    • ‘Each entry is a jewel, mostly a dark jewel in a darkened setting but now and again catching a burst of full sunlight and flashing with a brilliance fit to blind the incautious or the hasty.’
    • ‘Lest any misunderstanding should remain - and it is likely that I have sometimes used incautious language in presenting the theistic case - I must stress the following points.’
    • ‘But it's not necessarily the case that one thinks that all the American people are wrong-headed or that they're being incautious or ignorant of another culture.’
    • ‘We await incautious politicians with the courage to pursue their unfashionable convictions.’
    • ‘He would be incautious in dipping his pen into his inkstand.’
    • ‘Such incautious uses of language, which recur throughout the book, are irritating flaws in a scholarly work.’
    • ‘But western leaders, commercial opportunists, and incautious journalists, want us to believe what we cannot see.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A carefully structured and deliberated response can be shattered into pieces in a few seconds by an incautious word over the telephone.’
    • ‘My optimism may seem incautious, but it starts from an appreciation of how dynamic capitalism evolves continuously from its own restless energies.’
    rash, unwise, careless, heedless, thoughtless, reckless, unthinking, imprudent, misguided, ill-advised, ill-judged, injudicious, impolitic, unguarded, foolhardy, foolish
    unwary, unwatchful, off-guard, inattentive, unobservant
    asleep on the job, asleep at the wheel, leading with one's chin
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Mid 17th century: on the pattern of Latin incautus.