well-guarded

guarded

[gahr-did]
adjective
1.
cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one's speech.
2.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.

Origin:
1500–10; guard + -ed2

guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
self-guarded, adjective
well-guarded, adjective


1. wary, watchful, chary, circumspect, vigilant.
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guarded (ˈɡɑːdɪd)
 
adj
1.  protected or kept under surveillance
2.  prudent, restrained, or noncommittal: a guarded reply
 
'guardedly
 
adv
 
'guardedness
 
n

well-guarded
 
adj
1.  having sufficient protection from danger or harm
2.  kept private or out of the public eye: well-guarded secrets

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guard
early 15c., "one who keeps watch," from M.Fr. garde "guardian, warden, keeper," from garder "to guard," from O.Fr. guarder (corresponding to O.N.Fr. warder, see gu-), from Frank. *wardon, from P.Gmc. *wardo- (see ward (v.)). Abstract or collective
sense of "a keeping, a custody" (as in bodyguard) is from early 15c. Sword-play and boxing sense is from 1590s. The verb is first recorded 1580s, from the noun. Guarded "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Guardian (early 14c.) is from Anglo-Fr. gardein, from O.Fr. gardien, earlier guarden, from Frankish *warding-.
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guarded adj.
Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.

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