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-Cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something.

-Cautious or careful; wary.

From Old English cearig ‘sorrowful, anxious’, of West Germanic origin; related to care. The current sense arose in the mid 16th century.

Used in a sentence:

“Edna couldn’t help being chary of Hubert’s mellifluous praise and obsequious compliments; she was accustomed to the blandishments of gentlemen callers seeking to purloin her vast fortune.”

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