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wariness

Line breaks: wari|ness
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛːrɪnəs
 
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Definition of wariness in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Caution about possible dangers or problems: her mother’s wariness of computers
More example sentences
  • Officials from the Fire Island National Seashore, whose boundaries encompass all Fire Island communities, have expressed wariness of such projects.
  • He said he was concerned about the understandable wariness of GPs to become involved in child protection work.
  • He has detected wariness among more conservative institutions to finance a venture in fashion.
Synonyms
1.1Lack of trust; suspicion: they had all regarded her with wariness
More example sentences
  • Far from responding like innocent dupes, we armed ourselves with wariness.
  • Quigley depicts the changing relationship between the two women superbly, their initial wariness ringing with psychological acuity.
  • Most of my interaction with the islanders was made treacherous by currents of wariness.
Synonyms
suspicion, distrust, mistrust, caution, unease, scepticism, doubt, chariness
informal caginess

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