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Synonyms for wary
ˈwɛər iwa·ry

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Wiktionary

  1. waryadjective

    Synonyms:
    guarded, chary, careful, cautious

  2. waryadjective

    Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.

    He is wary of dogs.

    Synonyms:
    careful, chary, guarded, cautious

  3. waryadjective

    Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

    Synonyms:
    chary, cautious, careful, guarded

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wary

    Vigilant implies more sustained activity and more intelligent volition than alert; one may be habitually alert by reason of native quickness of perception and thought, or one may be momentarily alert under some excitement or expectancy; one who is vigilant is so with thoughtful purpose. One is vigilant against danger or harm; he may be alert or watchful for good as well as against evil; he is wary in view of suspected stratagem, trickery, or treachery. A person may be wakeful because of some merely physical excitement or excitability, as through insomnia; yet he may be utterly careless and negligent in his wakefulness, the reverse of watchful; a person who is truly watchful must keep himself wakeful while on watch, in which case wakeful has something of mental quality. Watchful, from the Saxon, and vigilant, from the Latin, are almost exact equivalents; but vigilant has somewhat more of sharp definiteness and somewhat more suggestion of volition; one may be habitually watchful; one is vigilant of set purpose and for direct cause, as in the presence of an enemy. Compare ALERT.

    Synonyms:
    alert, awake, careful, cautious, circumspect, on the alert, on the lookout, sleepless, vigilant, wakeful, watchful, wide-awake

    Antonyms:
    careless, drowsy, dull, heedless, inattentive, incautious, inconsiderate, neglectful, negligent, oblivious, thoughtless, unwary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wary

    Synonyms:
    suspicious, cautious, watchful, guarded, circumspect, prudent, vigilant

    Antonyms:
    unwary, unsuspecting, incautious, invigilant, unwatchful, unguarded, uncircumspect, heedless

Princeton's WordNet

  1. waryadjective

    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

    "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers"

    Synonyms:
    suspicious, leery, untrusting, mistrustful

    Antonyms:
    unwary, trusting, unguarded, trustful, gullible

  2. leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting, waryadjective

    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

    Synonyms:
    fishy, leery, shady, funny, suspicious, suspect, untrusting, mistrustful

    Antonyms:
    unwary, gullible, unguarded, trusting, trustful

Editors Contribution

  1. cautious

    i would be cautious about walking there after dark.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on June 13, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. waryadjective

    Synonyms:
    cautious, heedful, careful, watchful, vigilant, circumspect, prudent, discreet, guarded

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. waryadjective

    Synonyms:
    guarded, cautious, circumspect, careful, vigilant

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How to use wary in a sentence?

  1. Damir Novotny:

    Politicians are still spreading the illusion that public- sector reform can continue to be postponed, but Croatia does not have much time, maybe a year or two at most, to display determination to move from mostly state-dominated to the private-sector based economy. Otherwise, creditors will become wary and borrowing may turn expensive.

  2. Wendy Walsh:

    From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense that women are wary of being touched by strangers, women have evolved mechanisms to be choosy about whom they mate with and to fear rape by a stranger. However, touch by friends is both relational -- women tend to befriend as a buffer against stress -- and pleasurable. Touch gives a nice boost of dopamine, the 'feel-good' hormone.

  3. Koji Fukaya:

    It remains to be seen if the yen can stay weak if global risk aversion takes hold again. Market players will be wary of the BOJ taking action in that case, but they may conclude that the central bank won't step in until dollar/yen falls into the 116 range, the BOJ can lower interest rates further into negative territory, but the impact could be limited. For example the ECB did deepen negative deposit rates in December but this was considered a disappointment.

  4. Jacob Russell:

    I was wary of making images that fed into this idea of the heroic strong women fighters, i think that the female fighters are used quite cynically by Kurdish leaders (who) know very well how attractive this image is to the Western media.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    He confided his deepest secret to you; be always wary of his secret.


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