- cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one's speech.
- protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.
Origin of guarded
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Related Wordscarefully, slowly, cautiously, warily, delicately, thoroughly, laboriously, gingerly, faithfully, deliberately, correctly, fully, scrupulously, precisely, discreetly, rigorously, anxiously, conscientiously, meticulously, prudently
Examples from the Web for guardedly
I'm not religious myself, but I think it's a shame that liberalism is so guardedly secular.The "War on Religion": Still Placating the Base
August 9, 2012
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
November 19, 2011
"It had some of the symptoms of a seizure," replied Sir Henry guardedly.The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
"I don't go much on what Jim's wife says," put in Mrs. Gray, guardedly.Other Main-Travelled Roads
They conversed hurriedly and guardedly, as if they mistrusted each other.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
Then the Governor took him, guardedly enough, into his confidence.
"And surely the Shining One is jealous of his own honor," said Constans, guardedly.The Doomsman
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- protected or kept under surveillance
- prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply
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.
- Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.