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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


  1. protected or kept under surveillance
  2. prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply
Derived Formsguardedly, adverbguardedness, 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.

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guardedly in Medicine


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