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guarded

adjective
 
 
/ˈɡɑːdɪd/
careful not to give too much information or show how you really feel: a guarded response Conversation on the trading floor tends to be polite but guarded.
protected from being known, found, harmed, or taken: carefully/closely/fiercely guarded a carefully guarded secret
guardedly adverb
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