vigilance

noun
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

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Since the snake has no eyelids, it is considered a symbol of eternal vigilance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Flag Day," 14 June 2019 Two days after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch expressed her condolences and urged vigilance in bringing justice to the victims, their families and the country. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "10 Lessons for Success from Michelle Obama's State of Women Summit," 24 June 2016 Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett said vigilance during the region’s recovery after historic floods in 2008 is among Loebsack’s most lasting legacies. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "7-term Iowa Democrat Rep. Loebsack won’t seek re-election," 12 Apr. 2019 To attack or use an ability, players must tap the card (turn it 90 degrees clockwise) to indicate its use (unless the card has vigilance). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 On this 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, all Americans must remember peace only comes through vigilance and resolute strength, and is never without cost. WSJ, "Russia and U.S. Crossed Swords Many Times," 16 Nov. 2018 Instead, most are cultural steps toward better cyber-hygiene, like choosing strong passwords, using two-factor authentication, and emphasizing vigilance. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Trying to avoid the food that triggers your allergy is obviously important, but even with the utmost vigilance, accidental exposures can still happen, Dr. Fadugba explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Bethenny Frankel’s Allergic Reaction Was So Severe She 'Thought She Had a Stroke'," 18 Dec. 2018 In brain imaging studies, the part of the brain that lights up when new parents are having these intrusive thoughts is the part of the brain that deals with vigilance and protectiveness, not violence. Merritt Watts, Glamour, "New Mom Nightmares: The Common Postpartum Symptom Nobody Talks About," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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vigilance

noun
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.

vigilance

noun
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 vigilant (audio) \ adjective

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