hypervigilant

adjective hy·per·vig·i·lant \ ˌhī-pər-ˈvi-jə-lənt \
variants: or hyper-vigilant
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hypervigilant

:extremely or excessively vigilant :highly or abnormally alert to potential danger or threat
  • After an accident or an assault, most people tend to feel unsafe, to have a reduced startle threshold, and to be hypervigilant.
  • —Irvin D. Yalom
  • Through its hypervigilant security measures, this state-run airline keeps its passengers safe from everyone except its own surly flight attendants.
  • —Craig Offman
  • We all have to be hyper-vigilant about our own affairs and those of our kids and elderly loved ones.
  • —Teresa Dixon Murray

First Known Use of hypervigilant

1905


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