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

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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 At its most unguarded-seeming moments, the film does offer glimpses of Obama’s extraordinary ability to connect with young people, old people — people, period. cleveland, "‘Becoming,’ the Michelle Obama documentary, coming to Netflix Wednesday (review)," 5 May 2020 There was no plan or contingency for when, in an unguarded moment, the door to my emotions blew open and the pent-up tsunami of grief and fear and sadness and anger and insecurity and doubt swept over me. Wendy Dean, STAT, "Suicides of two health care workers hint at the Covid-19 mental health crisis to come," 30 Apr. 2020 One gathering, an unguarded moment, and an entire region can become infected. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus hot spots plague Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Northern Tennessee," 10 Apr. 2020 Females lay their eggs near the entrance of the burrow, and many are eaten by coyotes, raccoons, and eagles passing by unguarded nests. National Geographic, "Gopher tortoise," 2 Mar. 2020 What the Louisville photographers saw and captured on film were Ali's more unguarded moments … at rest, or at play. CBS News, "Muhammad Ali, in and out of the ring," 8 Mar. 2020 Left unguarded low in the left wing circle, Patrik Laine snapped home the 1-0 lead. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins edge Jets in rough-and-tumble affair," 31 Jan. 2020 Mali's Liptako region and its Gourma region near the Burkina Faso border have become strategic crossings for extremist groups as they are largely unguarded, the International Institute for Strategic Studies wrote last month. Author: Baba Ahmed, Sylvie Corbet, Anchorage Daily News, "13 French soldiers fighting extremists in Mali die in helicopter collision," 26 Nov. 2019 Mali’s Liptako region and its Gourma region near the Burkina Faso border have become strategic crossings for extremist groups as they are largely unguarded, the International Institute for Strategic Studies wrote last month. Baba Ahmed And Sylvie Corbet, USA TODAY, "13 French soldiers fighting ISIS killed in helicopter collision in Mali," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unguarded

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unguarded was circa 1593

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19 May 2020

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“Unguarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguarded. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unguarded

: speaking carelessly without thinking about what you are saying : direct and honest especially when you should be cautious
: not protected or watched over

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