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unguarded

[uhn-gahr-did] /ʌnˈgɑr dɪd/
adjective
1.
not guarded; unprotected; undefended.
2.
open; frank; guileless:
an unguarded manner.
3.
exposed to attack or capture by the opponent without recourse by the player, as a card, chess piece, etc.:
an unguarded queen of clubs; an unguarded pawn.
4.
not cautious or discreet; careless:
In an unguarded moment he had told her about his affair.
5.
without a safeguard, as a cover, barrier, or shield, for protection:
an unguarded buzz saw.
Origin of unguarded
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; un-1 + guarded
Related forms
unguardedly, adverb
unguardedness, noun
Synonyms
1. defenseless. 4. indiscreet.
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  • Come, if you have done it in an unguarded moment there is no help for it!

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Clearetus the captain learnt of this place, that it was but a little one and unguarded.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • She knew music too, and in an unguarded moment Peter admitted that he had studied.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Yet here in the turret, unguarded by insulation, I could say nothing.

  • In other words, he bided his time, and when he did strike, struck at an unguarded place.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for unguarded

unguarded

/ʌnˈɡɑːdɪd/
adjective
1.
unprotected; vulnerable
2.
guileless; open; frank
3.
incautious or careless
Derived Forms
unguardedly, adverb
unguardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unguarded
adj.

1590s, "not furnished with a guard," from un- (1) "not" + guarded. Sense of "not on one's guard, not taking heed" is attested from 1630s.

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