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guarded (adj.)

1560, "protected, defended," past-participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

updated on April 25, 2015

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Definitions of guarded from WordNet

guarded (adj.)
prudent;
guarded optimism
Synonyms: restrained
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