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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wary(adj)

    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, wary(adj)

    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

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

    Antonyms:
    unwary, gullible, unguarded, trusting, trustful

Wiktionary

  1. wary(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    guarded, chary, careful, cautious

  2. wary(adjective)

    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. wary(adjective)

    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

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. wary(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. wary(a)

    Synonyms:
    guarded, cautious, circumspect, careful, vigilant

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How to use wary in a sentence?

  1. Yuna Park:

    The won cut some of early gains as Shanghai shares opened sharply lower, and investors were wary of the BOJ's decision.

  2. Alysia Montano:

    I'm not completely confident, i'm still really wary.

  3. Jhon Jairo Burbano:

    When we first met we didn't have a big group hug, we were wary of each other and kept our distance. We separated into left and right, the ex-paramilitaries on one side, the ex-guerrillas on the other.

  4. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from "Love in the Time of Cholera":

    ...they no longer felt like newlyweds, and even less like belated lovers. It was as if they had lept over the arduous calvary of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love. They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.

  5. Deven Choksey:

    Traders are wary of taking any fresh positions ahead of derivatives expiry and budget.

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