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[gahr-did] /ˈgɑr dɪd/
cautious; careful; prudent:
to be guarded in one's speech.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.
Origin of guarded
First recorded in 1500-10; guard + -ed2
Related forms
guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
self-guarded, adjective
well-guarded, adjective
1. wary, watchful, chary, circumspect, vigilant. Unabridged
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  • She approached the Bo's'n guardedly and held out her hand to him with a frightened look on her face.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • "I don't go much on what Jim's wife says," put in Mrs. Gray, guardedly.

  • "I would do anything in my power to help her," Jessie said guardedly.

    The Weight of the Crown Fred M. White
  • Her quick wits held it off guardedly for bewildered inspection.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • At first she spoke to him guardedly, acting up to her part of repentant sinner, and expressing a desire to take the veil.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • He looked at her guardedly with a quick narrowing of the eyes.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • If she was to influence him, she must go slowly and guardedly.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • “Wally is the nicest person in our family,” she said guardedly.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for guardedly


protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittal: a guarded reply
Derived Forms
guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guardedly



c.1500, past participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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guardedly in Medicine

guarded adj.
Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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