cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one's speech.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.
- guard·ed·ly, adverb
- guard·ed·ness, noun
- self-guarded, adjective
- well-guarded, adjective
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How to use guarded in a sentence
Smith spoke guardedly of the 13 months during which Assange was his houseguest.An Assange Supporter on the WikiLeaks Founder’s Ecuador Embassy Home | Peter Popham | August 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I'm not religious myself, but I think it's a shame that liberalism is so guardedly secular.
The mood among veteran Burma critics can best be described as watchful—with some guardedly optimistic, and others skeptical.Hillary Clinton in Burma: Why She's Visiting the Oppressed State | Lennox Samuels | November 19, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Latino groups in Arizona remain guardedly optimistic that Pearce has been at least temporarily stopped.
Here and there it opened—guardedly—to admit a railway or highway.
They were waiting at a corner for a break in the street traffic, and he turned toward her guardedly.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
"One will do, Frank; and another thing," the ranchman said guardedly.Hidden Gold | Wilder Anthony
There was no answer, but the efforts on the outside ceased for a minute, to be resumed more guardedly than at first.The Phantom of the River | Edward S. Ellis
"Let your auspicious mouth be widely opened," replied Lao Ting guardedly.Kai Lung's Golden Hours | Ernest Bramah
But the story of Mrs. So-and-so's indiscretion while still Miss Such-and-such must be talked of more guardedly.Somehow Good | William de Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for guarded
protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittal: a guarded reply
- guardedly, adverb
- guardedness, noun
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