vigilance

noun
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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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 The seizures demonstrate the magnitude of the opioid smuggling and the vigilance of the CBP officers. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Do federal staffing shortages facilitate opioid smuggling?," 22 May 2018 Each swears the other poses an existential threat; each preaches the frantic vigilance of the stalked. Michael Miner, Chicago Reader, "Books / On Video / The Trump Era Do I need to watch The Handmaid's Tale?," 9 May 2018 Due to the vigilance of the Examiners of Public Accounts, her crimes were discovered and reported to my office. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Former county administrator pleads guilty to using position to steal more than $700,000," 19 Aug. 2017 Mid-afternoon temperatures push reptiles and insects into shadier domains, but round-the-clock vigilance is part of the Sonoran experience. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why You Need To Hike the Sonoran Desert," 2 May 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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More Definitions for vigilance

vigilance

noun
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.

vigilance

noun
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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