Definition of wariness in US English:



  • 1Caution about possible dangers or problems.

    ‘her mother's wariness of computers’
    • ‘This caution, a kind of wariness, seemed to be the price of his fame.’
    • ‘The pupils all highlighted their wariness of the debt involved in participation in higher education, with little being known of funding arrangements.’
    • ‘Based on the way I'd seen him handle lighting a barbecue (pour gasoline, strike match, dive for cover) my wariness wasn't unreasonable.’
    • ‘To pry away those younger callers, Virgin is playing on their wariness of complicated plans and hidden fees.’
    • ‘Abetted by scare stories on television and the Internet, people make bad judgments about risk that can lead to excessive wariness of new corporate products such as vaccines.’
    • ‘There appears no appetite for introducing such a law and given this government's general wariness about upsetting businesses that is not surprising.’
    • ‘In the future, because of wariness by consumers, farmers may not find a market for their GM crops.’
    • ‘He has detected wariness among more conservative institutions to finance a venture in fashion.’
    • ‘Officials from the Fire Island National Seashore, whose boundaries encompass all Fire Island communities, have expressed wariness of such projects.’
    • ‘Despite his initial wariness, he registered with an online dating site in March 2004.’
    • ‘Her wariness about talking about her children is a reminder of the dangers of her job.’
    • ‘And yet there has never been more wariness of industrial development and more skepticism about its benefits.’
    • ‘One reason for her wariness is the reaction to her book, which has been ferocious, especially from fellow women journalists.’
    • ‘All of my arguments with regard to justified wariness about rubber-stamping nominations to the Supreme Court apply in full to the "inferior courts."’
    • ‘Murie silently suspected that the guides ' real concern stemmed from their wariness of proceeding into unfamiliar terrain.’
    • ‘I wonder if Tomlinson's periodic but spectacular disasters are not connected to his wariness about success.’
    • ‘The wariness of the staff sent its own message: don't interact, don't look up, try to stay out of trouble.’
    • ‘Warren Buffett, the iconic figure of American capitalism, expressed the new wariness in his annual report released Saturday.’
    • ‘He said he was concerned about the understandable wariness of GPs to become involved in child protection work.’
    caution, carefulness, care, circumspection, prudence, guardedness, alertness, attention, heed, heedfulness, watchfulness, vigilance, observance, awareness, mindfulness, canniness
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    1. 1.1 Lack of trust; suspicion.
      ‘they had all regarded her with wariness’
      • ‘In some parts of the world there is wariness toward democracy, often based on misunderstanding.’
      • ‘He seems most at home when talking about business and loses his initial wariness.’
      • ‘Quigley depicts the changing relationship between the two women superbly, their initial wariness ringing with psychological acuity.’
      • ‘Far from responding like innocent dupes, we armed ourselves with wariness.’
      • ‘Now, both professions are probably regarded with equal amounts of cynicism and wariness.’
      • ‘Just as the infant will show delight at being approached by its mother, so it will also show signs of wariness and withdrawal when approached by a stranger.’
      • ‘Only three per cent of people in Yorkshire said wariness of the police would put them off giving information.’
      • ‘Most of my interaction with the islanders was made treacherous by currents of wariness.’
      • ‘This was his wife's idea, he says, a means of combating his wariness of the press.’
      • ‘Inevitably, they saw less of each other, but that did not lessen his family's wariness.’
      • ‘He conquered his wariness of the press and now thrives in the media spotlight which came to be turned on him so frequently.’
      • ‘Forgive me for my wariness of words and theories that explain the healer's art.’
      • ‘Groping for words, I tell her of my ongoing affection and respect, which has outlasted a cycle of hurts and mutual wariness.’
      • ‘In the modern state of heightened wariness, staring like a dullard sounds no more demeaning than walking in your socks through airport security.’
      • ‘But he now also faces the task of rallying support from his own party, which is divided over the rescue and has long viewed him with a degree of wariness.’
      • ‘Nelson grins, radiating laid-back cheer, in contrast to Bennington's barely disguised wariness.’
      • ‘There's something like wariness in her enormous eyes.’
      • ‘Such tension is palpable across villages, as distrust and wariness between communities mount.’
      • ‘Try to instill a healthy sense of wariness in your students.’
      • ‘Despite his remaining wariness of her, he moved to stand near her, leading the dog beside him.’
      • ‘This warmth is balanced by his wariness of the political class, many of whom he considers unduly supportive of his former deputy.’
      • ‘But the sheer scale of the failings that have come to light recently mean that suspicion and wariness will not vanish so easily this time around.’
      suspicion, distrust, mistrust, caution, unease, scepticism, doubt, chariness
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