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guarded

[gahr-did]
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adjective
  1. cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one's speech.
  2. protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.
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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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1. wary, watchful, chary, circumspect, vigilant.
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guarded

adjective
  1. protected or kept under surveillance
  2. prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply
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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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guardedly in Medicine

guarded

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