adjective, warier, wariest.
watchful; being on one's guard against danger.
arising from or characterized by caution: to give someone a wary look.

1545–55; ware2 + -y1

warily, adverb
wariness, noun
overwary, adjective

wary, weary, leery.

1. alert, vigilant, guarded, circumspect, prudent. See careful.
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wary (ˈwɛərɪ)
adj , warier, wariest
1.  watchful, cautious, or alert
2.  characterized by caution or watchfulness
[C16: from ware² + -y1]

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Word Origin & History

1552, from O.E. wær "prudent, aware, alert, wary," from P.Gmc. *waraz (cf. O.N. varr "attentive," Goth. wars "cautious," O.S. giwar, M.Du. gheware, O.H.G. giwar, Ger. gewahr "aware"), from PIE base *wer- "to cover" (see weir).
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Example sentences
Medical colleges should be careful what they ask for as should residents should
  be wary.
Zebras must be constantly wary of lions and hyenas.
Yet for all that has gone so perfectly, he is wary of what can go wrong.
You had to be wary when you traveled, I realized, but you also had to be open.
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