incaution

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From in- + caution.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

incaution (uncountable)

  1. A lack of caution.
    • 1720, Alexander Pope, translating Homer, The Iliad, Book 23, Adamant 2000, p. 473:
      Lest through incaution failing, thou mayst be / A joy to others, a reproach to me.
    • 2008, "The Maverick Insider", The Guardian, 24 Jan 2008:
      It always felt as though Hain's career, which began so powerfully with his youthful campaigning against apartheid, was going to come unstuck, but through political incaution, not financial incompetence.