wariness

Wariness is the characteristic of being very cautious or careful. It's smart to have certain amount of wariness when you approach a dog you don't know.

Your wariness might cause you not to trust people when you first meet them — reserving judgment or waiting to see if they turn out to be reliable can both be evidence of wariness. Sometimes wariness is entirely appropriate, like when you move through a haunted house or handle a snake. The noun wariness comes from the adjective wary, or "cautious or careful," with its Old English root, wær, "prudent, aware, or alert."

Definitions of wariness
  1. noun
    the trait of being cautious and watchful
    synonyms: chariness
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    Antonyms:
    unwariness
    the trait of not being cautious and watchful
    type of:
    caution, circumspection
    the trait of being circumspect and prudent
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