Definition of guardedness in US English:

guardedness

noun

  • See guarded

    • ‘Her posturings, bizarre behaviours, withdrawal and guardedness lead me to consider schizophrenia.’
    • ‘It justifies her guardedness, and the audience is thus able to be protective of and sensitive to her.’
    • ‘Yet he knows such things are fickle and there's a weary guardedness about him.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, his expression is stern, and his hands, joined in front to clasp his envoy's staff, impart a sense of guardedness and mistrust.’
    • ‘The degree of guardedness rises proportionally to how much I like the person; in essence, the closer I would like to be to you the less I will tell you about anything.’

Pronunciation

guardedness

/ˈɡärdədnəs//ˈɡɑrdədnəs/