not guarded; unprotected; undefended.
open; frank; guileless: an unguarded manner.
exposed to attack or capture by the opponent without recourse by the player, as a card, chess piece, etc.: an unguarded queen of clubs; an unguarded pawn.
not cautious or discreet; careless: In an unguarded moment he had told her about his affair.
without a safeguard, as a cover, barrier, or shield, for protection: an unguarded buzz saw.
- un·guard·ed·ly, adverb
- un·guard·ed·ness, noun
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How to use unguarded in a sentence
The new pool alarm system he’s just developed sends out several types of warnings when someone or something splashes into an unguarded pool.Teens’ new tech would send alerts to reduce preventable deaths | Anna Gibbs | June 6, 2022 | Science News For Students
Piercing his cocoon of lies is one problem—the other is the fact that he left almost no evidence of his unguarded thoughts.How an ‘Imposter’ Journalist Changed the Course of World War I | Mark Arsenault | April 5, 2022 | Time
Perhaps that’s why Levy is able to extract such unguarded answers from Lange and her family members.
Prince Harry has been fortunate that reaction to his criticism of the First Amendment—he called this founding principle of the American constitution “bonkers” in an unguarded podcast chat—has not taken off and become a full-blown “thing.”Will Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Daughter Lead to a Royal Reconciliation? | Tom Sykes | June 6, 2021 | The Daily Beast
I happened to run into the superintendent the day we got the news, and blurted out a question in an unguarded moment.
The curtained-off “backstage” area is unguarded and chaotic.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars | Scott Bixby | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the agent looked down to read the message, Todashev apparently took the unguarded instant as opportunity.How Local Police Missed a Chance to Stop Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 | Michael Daly | July 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
That kind of unguarded remark also feeds perceptions that the mainstream media is biased against Romney.
People are unguarded around her, which will prove to be interesting.‘Game of Thrones’: Esmé Bianco Talks About Ros, Sexposition, Nudity, and More | Jace Lacob | May 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The distribution of the Portuguese force was made wholly on the coast, while the land side was left totally unguarded.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
If therefore he should leave elevator shafts, or hatchways unguarded, he would be clearly liable for the consequences.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Thereupon the fisherman rushed to save his cloak, and the fox bolted out at the unguarded door.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
He did not dare to call assistance; an unguarded word might have slipped out unawares.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The route through the valley of La Belle was little known to Federals, and practically unguarded.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for unguarded
guileless; open; frank
incautious or careless
- unguardedly, adverb
- unguardedness, noun
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