vig·i·lance | \ ˈvi-jə-lən(t)s \

Definition of vigilance 

: the quality or state of being vigilant

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Examples of vigilance in a Sentence

eternal vigilance is the price of freedom

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But a multicourse affair requiring vigilance at the stove just wasn’t feasible. Sara Franklin, charlotteobserver, "No courses, no assigned seats, no-hassle dinner party," 19 June 2018 In Michigan, health officials issued a warning to the public this week, urging vigilance. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Tainted Synthetic Marijuana Sickens More Than 90 in Midwest, Killing 2," 6 Apr. 2018 In fact, only one other behavior is likely more important: vigilance on the roadways. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Top 5 Wisconsin wildlife risks to humans? Maybe not what you think.," 13 June 2018 Computers, on the other hand, can maintain a constant state of vigilance. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "Do Doctors and Nurses Skip Hand Washing? Cue the Video," 28 May 2018 The eternal vigilance of the Pinkertons should spur the same posture in response. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The Pinkertons Still Never Sleep," 23 Mar. 2018 Musk has emphasized that employees have several outlets for their vigilance besides the press, encouraging them to bring concerns to their managers, safety representatives at the company, or the human-resources department. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Long Obsession With Sabotage," 19 June 2018 The 17 lives lost aboard the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this past summer demonstrate the need for continued vigilance in training and safety standards. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 22 Jan. 2018 Drivers have said the job requires constant vigilance over the course of a typical eight-hour shift. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Cuts More Test Drivers in Its Robot Car Operation," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of vigilance

1533, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2018

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The first known use of vigilance was in 1533

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vig·i·lance | \ ˈvi-jə-ləns \

Kids Definition of vigilance

: the quality or state of staying alert especially to possible danger The guards maintained their vigilance in watching for intruders.


vig·i·lance | \ ˈvij-ə-lən(t)s \

Medical Definition of vigilance 

: the quality or state of being wakeful and alert : degree of wakefulness or responsiveness to stimuli

Other words from vigilance

vigilant \-lənt \ adjective

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