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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European regulators are approaching the Libra with similar vigilance. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Facebook’s crypto presents a massive privacy problem," 20 June 2019 In Cairo’s Tahrir Square — the epicenter of the Arab Spring protests that set in motion events that led to Morsi’s presidency — the mood was calm, with little obvious sign of extra police vigilance, although some street cafes were closed. Laura King,, "Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's death stirs memories of onetime democracy hopes," 17 June 2019 By relaxing your vigilance others will flock to your side and support your desires. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for June 15, 2019: Happy birthday to actress Helen Hunt; Cancer, you can always change your mind," 15 June 2019 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

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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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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 vigilant (audio) \ adjective

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