hypervigilant

adjective

hy·​per·​vig·​i·​lant ˌhī-pər-ˈvi-jə-lənt How to pronounce hypervigilant (audio)
variants or hyper-vigilant
: 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

Examples of hypervigilant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Formal regulation may take time, but to generate and maintain widespread societal buy-in, companies should be hypervigilant in enforcing guardrails to ensure safe and appropriate use. François Candelon, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2023 Torres is hypervigilant because Ecuador is increasingly at the confluence of two global trades: bananas and cocaine. Regina Garcia Cano, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 With Mercury spinning retrograde in hypervigilant Virgo from August 23 until September 15, laser focus is required to stay on top of all the things. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 1 Sep. 2023 Since then, the Browns have been hypervigilant about the NFL’s ban on electronic devices during games, and routinely educate their players on the rules. cleveland, 18 Aug. 2023 In one group session, hypervigilant warriors struggled to comply with instructions to keep their eyes closed. Nicole Tung, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 For many Americans, the warmer spring and summer months bring backyard barbecues and scenic hikes — along with a chorus of cicadas, mosquitoes galore, and hypervigilant self-checks for ticks. Bree Iskandar, STAT, 27 July 2023 During the early phases of the pandemic, millions were confined to their homes and asked to remain hypervigilant in public settings. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 6 June 2023 And that officers are trained to be hypervigilant about their own safety. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 27 May 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'hypervigilant.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypervigilant was in 1905

Dictionary Entries Near hypervigilant

Cite this Entry

“Hypervigilant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypervigilant. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on hypervigilant

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!