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adj. char·i·er, char·i·est
1. Very cautious; wary: was chary of the risks involved.
2. Not giving or expending freely; sparing: was chary of compliments.

[Middle English chari, careful, sorrowful, from Old English cearig, sorrowful, from cearu, sorrow; see care.]

char′i·ly adv.
char′i·ness n.


the state of being chary
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Noun1.chariness - the trait of being cautious and watchfulchariness - the trait of being cautious and watchful
circumspection, caution - the trait of being circumspect and prudent


Careful forethought to avoid harm or risk:
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