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  • adv. In a guarded manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a guarded or cautious manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a conservative manner


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guarded +‎ -ly


  • He invokes one of the 'reasonable right' (and I use the term guardedly) to back his assertions.

    Crooks and Liars

  • Gerald was a victim and I use that term guardedly of a "celebrity mentality" that pervades the Catholic media.

    I'm late on this but...

  • Given that, it's not going to be a surprise to me if this movie makes catwoman look like oscar material but I'll try and remain 'guardedly optimisitic'.

    Foundation: The Movie

  • "I say, Phil," he called guardedly; "you ready to listen to the wildest kind of a notion?"

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island

  • So there is an argument to be made that he has -- and I'm using this phrase guardedly given President Bush's use of it -- political capital to spend.

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2008

  • And he turned toward the bushes that had at first hidden him from Jean, waved his hand in an imperative gesture, and called guardedly through cupped palms.

    Jean of the Lazy A

  • Majors Creek community liaison committee chairman Bill Waterhouse said there was a diversity of opinion in the village about the mine, from '' very strongly anti to what I would call guardedly optimistic '', but the committee had not formed an official view yet. ''

    The Canberra Times - Front Page

  • Even the Fed was guardedly more upbeat about the economy, although the central bank cautioned the economy is hindered by "significant downside risks."

    Europe Clouds U.S. Stocks

  • He's guardedly optimistic that Brown, in this moment of political crisis, can move beyond the intractable and implacable forces that placed his governorship, and to a large extent, Schwarzenegger's, in a vice.

    William Bradley: The Jerry Brown Era Unfolds (Again)

  • There is reason to be optimistic, guardedly, about what Murray can do, not just in this tournament but throughout the Tour.

    Andy Murray cruises towards wacky Michaël Llodra at Australian Open


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