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guarded

[gahr-did] /ˈgɑr dɪd/
adjective
1.
cautious; careful; prudent:
to be guarded in one's speech.
2.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; guard + -ed2
Related forms
guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
self-guarded, adjective
well-guarded, adjective
Synonyms
1. wary, watchful, chary, circumspect, vigilant.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded

well-guarded

adjective (well guarded when postpositive)
1.
having sufficient protection from danger or harm
2.
kept private or out of the public eye: well-guarded secrets

guarded

/ˈɡɑːdɪd/
adjective
1.
protected or kept under surveillance
2.
prudent, restrained, or noncommittal: a guarded reply
Derived Forms
guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-guarded

guarded

adj.

c.1500, past participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

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well-guarded in Medicine

guarded adj.
Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.

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