Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of caution; heedlessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Lack of caution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A lack of caution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger

Etymologies

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From in- + caution.

Examples

  • Research is cited that supposedly shows that readers are vulnerable to a kind of cognitive incaution and "must engage in effortful processing to disbelieve the information they encounter in literary narratives."

    Saying Something

  • Research is cited that supposedly shows that readers are vulnerable to a kind of cognitive incaution and "must engage in effortful processing to disbelieve the information they encounter in literary narratives."

    Self-Protection

  • Research is cited that supposedly shows that readers are vulnerable to a kind of cognitive incaution and "must engage in effortful processing to disbelieve the information they encounter in literary narratives."

    November 2009

  • This was the long and short of his incaution: "There's some evidence that the Spanish authorities are trying to identify the referees … and pay them."

    Whose interests are being served by this squalid tale of entrapment?

  • Unfortunately, according to everyone whom Nocera interviewed, with the curmudgeonly exception of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, or Taleb to his cohorts and clients and opponents, this course of what most people would call arrogant incaution was essentially a systemic mandate.

    Paul(as in Krugman)and Wendell(as in Berry)and Deborah(in lieu of Rupert), Oh My!!

  • It was basically a triple whammy: Housing prices kept falling, oil prices kept rising and both lenders and borrowers grew more cautious after five years of incaution.

    Three-Ingredient Recipe for Recession

  • And the triple whammy of falling housing prices, rising oil prices and both lenders and borrowers growing more cautious after five years of incaution suggest a combination that may be simply too much even for the impressively resilient U.S. economy.

    Merrill's Blowout Write-Down

  • Thus, when an upright man of weak understanding, and unused to express his ideas, is conscious that he has stated either too much or too little — that he has misunderstood the judge, or that the judge has misunderstood him — and revokes, in the spirit of justice, what he has advanced through incaution, he is punished as

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • We humans by contrast are complacent in our incaution.

    Have you a radio or tv?

  • "You were lulled to incaution by the domestic couple and, prodded by the urgency of escape, you were kind enough to lead us directly to the safe."

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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