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

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
Recent Examples on the Web But Cole said Ravn aims to bring the same level of vigilance and consideration to every flight, whether carrying passengers, cargo or precious doses of vaccine. Anchorage Daily News, "‘The New Balto’: Alaska’s fight against COVID-19 takes to the skies," 16 Feb. 2021 In their quest to remain safe and socially distant, however, each friend has had some lapse of vigilance. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Dan Levy Scores a Football Hole," 7 Feb. 2021 The balloons and marches were among hundreds of acts of defiance by a populace whose D.N.A. is as encoded with resistance as with vigilance. New York Times, "To Fight or Hide: Fear Grips Myanmar With Military Back in Charge," 6 Feb. 2021 But the incident is certainly a reminder to maintain vigilance and trust, but verify. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros," 26 Jan. 2021 Reports showed the possibility of violent uprisings on Capitol Hill and at state capitols around the country, prompting extra vigilance. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "Troops, Blockades and Eerie Quiet Pervade a Locked-Down Washington," 17 Jan. 2021 Somers’ vigilance for keeping St. Alexander students safe seems to come naturally. Susan Degrane,, "At Palos Heights school, an everyday hero ensures student safety, fiscal responsibility," 1 Jan. 2021 His head turning through shadow and his narrow, expressionless gaze combine steady vigilance with the quality of a knowing glance, conveying a powerful sense of interiority. Washington Post, "A masterpiece with a complicated afterlife," 30 Dec. 2020 Anything that requires extra footwork, extra vigilance, or extra caution can be saved for another day. Shauna Harrison, SELF, "How to Plan Your Workout When Your Mind and Body Are All Over the Place," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of vigilance

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vigilance was in 1533

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25 Feb 2021

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“Vigilance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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