Definition of unguarded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈɡärdəd/


1Without protection or a guard: the museum was unguarded at night
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  • Defense stays with their own man except when helping on the unguarded player or the player who is left open when someone else goes to guard the unguarded player.
  • One of the complaints was lodged by a county councillor who claimed that the site was relatively open and unguarded at night.
  • After the second one's comment, the two guards stopped at an unguarded doorway.
undefended, unprotected, unfortified;
vulnerable, insecure, open to attack
1.1Not well considered; careless: an unguarded remark
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  • The apparently unguarded remarks, though not very presidential, did Kerry little harm and in some circles no doubt boosted his standing.
  • He was another personal favourite whose friendship shrivelled after a single unguarded remark.
  • The greatest fear is that the European governing body's internal politics will scupper the bid: McConnell admitted as much last month in an unguarded remark.
careless, indiscreet, incautious, thoughtless, rash, reckless, foolhardy, foolish, imprudent, injudicious, ill-considered, ill-judged, insensitive;
unwary, inattentive, off guard, distracted, absentminded;
candid, open
literary temerarious



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈɡärdədlē/
Example sentences
  • And yet, despite William's desire to ‘provoke soft emotions,’ we have no evidence she ever offered hers unguardedly during the time they were courting.
  • ‘It was like magic when we met,’ Duval says unguardedly.
  • Lounging on the divan, his arms placed unguardedly before him, he had none of the tense, high-strung, honour-obsessed posture of his people.


Example sentences
  • The unguardedness does not merely provide some quiet drama, however.
  • This probably has something to do with the fact that she is a fellow artist, not a critic, which seems to encourage a degree of comfort and unguardedness in her subjects.
  • You just have to love the man's unguardedness and his sense of what's important.

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Syllabification: un·guard·ed

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