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[wair-ee-nis] /ˈwɛər i nɪs/
the state or quality of being wary.
1545-55; wary + -ness
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overwariness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for wariness
  • Once they decide people are harmless and rewarding, they seem to lose their natural wariness.
  • It requires the more wariness in our private estimates.
  • The uncertainties of the academic job market make such wariness a practical necessity.
  • In a country where corruption is pervasive, the tarnished image of private education has led to a growing public wariness.
  • She is able to laugh about her commencement-night misadventure, but she has not dropped her wariness.
  • Frustrated by their wariness, she has stopped on the drive back to check out a large herd of alpacas.
  • Yet the military's long legacy as a privileged pillar of the outgoing regime still provokes wariness.
  • Yet from a lifetime of self-control, the habit of dignified wariness still aids him.
  • Many investors today are racing to ethanol, but wariness seems advisable.
  • Primarily, it is a wariness about government itself.

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