vig·​i·​lance | \ ˈvi-jə-lən(t)s How to pronounce vigilance (audio) \

Definition of vigilance

: the quality or state of being vigilant

Examples of vigilance in a Sentence

eternal vigilance is the price of freedom
Recent Examples on the Web But none of that vigilance mattered when my son slipped off that couch. Damon Young, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 The film honors those people and raises awareness of the necessity of vigilance and exercising one's civic responsibilities. Dwain Hebda, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 The hard level is akin to being seated in an examination hall under a proctor’s vigilance, according to Mr. Kawai. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Yet France has maintained strict vigilance over its language. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 31 May 2022 This creates a delicate balancing act for policymakers between inflation-fighting vigilance and the risk of destabilizing the economy. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 Foxworth recalled of his unconscious return to his old world of nonstop vigilance. Globe Staff,, 30 Apr. 2022 While the threat from CVE-2022-21449 appears limited to new Java versions, its severity is high enough to warrant vigilance. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 Such vigilance requires adequate staffing so that nurses like Lisa have enough time to observe the patient. Ann Macdonald, STAT, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vigilance

1533, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2022

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“Vigilance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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vig·​i·​lance | \ ˈvi-jə-ləns How to pronounce vigilance (audio) \

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 How to pronounce vigilance (audio) \

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 How to pronounce vigilance (audio) \ adjective

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