un·​guard·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈgär-dəd How to pronounce unguarded (audio) \

Definition of unguarded

1 : vulnerable to attack : unprotected
2 : free from guile or wariness : direct, incautious unguarded remarks

Other Words from unguarded

unguardedly adverb
unguardedness noun

Examples of unguarded in a Sentence

I let the secret about the surprise party spill out in an unguarded moment. the swimming coach quickly regretted his unguarded comments about the young swimmer's limitations
Recent Examples on the Web It’s this raw, unguarded honesty that takes her book beyond many others of similar subject. Brandy Schillace, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 Of the four drownings this year, three were after lifeguards left for the evening, and the other was in an unguarded area. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2022 This requires unifying the global SaaS attack surface and applying universal, identity-centric protections to adapt to SaaS today and SaaS yet to be adopted—core IT and business-led, sanctioned and unsanctioned, guarded and unguarded. Lior Yaari, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The recording gives a rare unguarded view of Trump confidants candidly discussing legal peril away from public eyes. Dalton Bennett, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The recording gives a rare unguarded view of Trump confidants candidly discussing legal peril away from public eyes. Jon Swaine, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 Officer Eugene Goodman drew the rioters away from the unguarded entrance as officers inside rushed to lock the chamber’s doors. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 The door to his cell was left unlocked that night and the jail unguarded. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 July 2022 Even so, the shadow is always there, lurking and ready to come to the fore at some unguarded or inopportune time. Svetlana Whitener, Forbes, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unguarded

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Sep 2022

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“Unguarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguarded. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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