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vigilant

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of vigilant

  1. paying close attention usually for the purpose of anticipating approaching danger or opportunity the night watchman, who was usually vigilant, apparently dozed off and didn't notice the vandals sneaking in Synonyms of vigilant Argus-eyed, attentive, awake, observant, open-eyed, tenty (also tentie) [Scottish], alert, watchful, wide-awakeWords Related to vigilant alive, aware, conscious, sensitive; cognizant, heedful, keen, mindful, observing, regardful, sharp, sharp-eyed; hyperalert, hypervigilant, sleepless, wakeful; careful, cautious, chary, wary; prepared, readyNear Antonyms of vigilant absent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, daydreaming, dazed, distracted, dreaming, dreamy, engrossed, faraway, insensible, oblivious, preoccupied; sleeping, unaware, unconscious, unknowing, unwitting; careless, heedless, inattentive, unheeding, unmindful, unthinking, unwary; unprepared, unreadyAntonyms of vigilant asleep

Synonym Discussion of vigilant

watchful, vigilant, wide-awake, alert mean being on the lookout especially for danger or opportunity. watchful is the least explicit term.
    • the watchful eye of the department supervisor
vigilant suggests intense, unremitting, wary watchfulness.
    • eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy
wide-awake applies to watchfulness for opportunities and developments more often than dangers.
    • wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology
alert stresses readiness or promptness in meeting danger or in seizing opportunity.
    • alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide

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