incautious

If you're incautious, you don't worry about problems that might come up — you're a little irresponsible. An incautious person might paddle off in a kayak without putting a life jacket on.

Incautious behavior might include betting your whole paycheck on a poker game, bringing six stray dogs home, or lighting a bottle rocket and launching it from your hand. An incautious child is probably used to hearing adults calling, "Be careful!" Incautious combines the "not" prefix in- and cautious, or "careful," from its Latin root cautionem, "caution, care, or foresight."

Definitions of incautious
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adj lacking in caution

“an incautious remark”
incautious talk”
Synonyms:
adventuresome, adventurous
willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
careless
marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
brainish, hotheaded, impetuous, impulsive, madcap, tearaway
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
Antonyms:
cautious
showing careful forethought
unadventurous
lacking in boldness
careful
exercising caution or showing care or attention
cagey, cagy, chary
characterized by great caution and wariness
fabian
using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation
gingerly
with extreme care or delicacy
guarded, restrained
prudent
overcautious
unnecessarily cautious
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adj carelessly failing to exercise proper caution

“an incautious step sent her headlong down the stairs”
Synonyms:
careless
marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

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