Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being guarded; caution; circumspection.

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  • noun The state or condition of being guarded.

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Examples

  • Lawrence was smiling but there was a guardedness is his eyes, an opaqueness that made me wonder how funny he found his own joke.

    Little Bee

  • This guardedness, which is shared by the South and East Asian populations, enhances the appeal of branch campuses.

    Strangers in a Foreign Land

  • Lawrence was smiling but there was a guardedness is his eyes, an opaqueness that made me wonder how funny he found his own joke.

    Little Bee

  • Lawrence was smiling but there was a guardedness is his eyes, an opaqueness that made me wonder how funny he found his own joke.

    Little Bee

  • I mean, I think that's pretty expected and natural and not the kind of guardedness we usually see with children that grow up in the public spotlight, who seem very trained or cautious around the media.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2009

  • I mean, I think that's pretty expected and natural and not the kind of guardedness we usually see with children that grow up in the public spotlight, who seem very trained or cautious around the media.

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2009

  • There's no shame, no guardedness and perhaps most impressively, no status anxiety.

    Robi Ludwig: Life Lessons Learned Over Coffee

  • Old patterns of guardedness and social insularity still remain within Mormon culture.

    Joanna Brooks: Still Uncertain About Mormonism After 180 Years

  • I also realize that sometimes this guardedness comes off poorly.

    Swirling, swirling, swirling...

  • I also realize that sometimes this guardedness comes off poorly.

    Archive 2009-09-01

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