Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. vigilance or the condition of being alert
  • n. precautionary forethought to avoid harm or risk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being wary; care to foresee and guard against evil; cautiousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or habit of being wary; caution; prudent care to foresee and guard against evil.
  • n. Synonyms see wary.

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

  • n. the trait of being cautious and watchful

Etymologies

wary +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Your wariness is understandable, but consider: by appending “once more” to the end of that statement, Obama is stating that he does not consider what Bush did for the last eight years to be the leadership he is talking about.

    Matthew Yglesias » A Friend in Need

  • But the point of this wariness is to discern real continuity and real change, not to avert the idea of continuity itself.

    Culture and Discontinuity (in the 1840s and in Foucault)

  • Again, I understand that this kind of wariness of being "passive" and of being insufficiently skeptical of literary representation when it purports to depict marginalized groups is built into the project of contemporary cultural studies, especially that version that has come to be called postcolonial studies, but at what point does such wariness simply become an impatience with literature altogether?

    The State of Criticism

  • But it was not hostility, exactly; merely a kind of wariness, a momentary stiffening, as at the passing of some unfamiliar animal.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • There may be "wariness" about schooling among many blacks, but not among the hundreds of thousands of black parents who are making heroic sacrifices to get their children out of failing public schools and into private schools.

    The Ultimate Emancipation

  • I understand completely the "wariness" so let us have your final thoughts when you have finished - see my recent post 7 books not to buy which included to on Africa neither of which I have read - just some prejudices I have

    A rough week,missing reference points and The State of Africa

  • Not quite fear, but a kind of wariness, watchfulness.

    Step into Chaos

  • In a statement, the Board said a mood of "wariness" was emerging in the industry following the massacre in Boipatong in the Vaal

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A queer look came into the old eyes, a kind of wariness; the deep wells were covered over.

    The Lord of the Rings

  • When I have a parishioner who is feeling a lot of anxiety, or feeling some kind of wariness or hurt in their lives, I tell them to take a deep breath, and take a step back from their lives, to gain a fresh perspective.

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