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guarded +‎ -ness


guardedness (countable and uncountable, plural guardednesses)

  1. The state or condition of being guarded.
    • 2017, Di Zou; James Lambert, “Feedback methods for student voice in the digital age”, in British Journal of Educational Technology, volume 48, number 5, page 1087:
      These extracts show that students are sensitive to issues of power in their educational environment, leading to a certain level of guardedness in non-anonymous feedback scenarios.