guarded

[gahr-did]

adjective

cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one's speech.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.

Nearby words

  1. guard pin,
  2. guard ring,
  3. guard's van,
  4. guardafui,
  5. guardant,
  6. guardedly,
  7. guardee,
  8. guardhouse,
  9. guardhouse lawyer,
  10. guardi

Origin of guarded

First recorded in 1500–10; guard + -ed2

Related formsguard·ed·ly, adverbguard·ed·ness, nounself-guard·ed, adjectivewell-guard·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for guardedly

guarded

adjective

protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply
Derived Formsguardedly, adverbguardedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for guardedly

guarded

adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for guardedly

guarded

adj.

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

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