Definition of guarded in English:

guarded

Syllabification: guard·ed
Pronunciation: /ˈgärdid
 
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adjective

1Cautious and having possible reservations: he has given a guarded welcome to the idea
More example sentences
  • The question took him by surprise, and his eyes grew guarded and cautious, his own grip tightening as well.
  • In the light of all this, Paul probably would wonder about the times that we live our faith in guarded or cautious ways.
  • There, though, the problems raised are only touched upon in a guarded fashion, with careful reservations and with a noticeable reluctance to arrive at a positive resolution.
Synonyms
cautious, careful, circumspect, wary, chary, on one's guard, reluctant, reticent, noncommittal, restrained, reserved
informal buttoned-up, cagey
1.1(Of a person’s medical condition) serious and of uncertain outcome: the surviving crewman was in stable but guarded condition
More example sentences
  • One child was in guarded condition and the rest of the injured were stable, it said.
  • She is currently suffering from encephalitis and is listed in stable but guarded condition.

Derivatives

guardedly

adverb
More example sentences
  • This means that there will be major upheavals at the level of the constituency and I use the word upheaval guardedly, because there are several constituencies that will no longer exist.
  • Without denying the range of challenges that face all political parties - from left to right - which seek to engage the public actively in issues of government and governance, the conclusion of the conference was guardedly optimistic.
  • We expect this to continue into the next quarter and, barring any about turns in the world economy, we remain guardedly optimistic for the remainder of the year.

guardedness

noun
More example sentences
  • The degree of guardedness rises proportionally to how much I like the person; in essence, the closer I would like to be to you the less I will tell you about anything.
  • It justifies her guardedness, and the audience is thus able to be protective of and sensitive to her.
  • Yet he knows such things are fickle and there's a weary guardedness about him.

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