One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
watchfulness, careful observation, surveillance, attentiveness, attention, alertness, guardedness, carefulness, care, caution, cautiousness, wariness, chariness, circumspection, prudence, heedfulness, heed, mindfulnessView synonyms
- ‘Media companies were given a warning last night to maintain constant vigilance.’
- ‘We shall need permanent vigilance and constant efforts to spread democratic involvement.’
- ‘Freedom requires constant vigilance - but if we surrender our personal key to this box we do so at our peril.’
- ‘Continued vigilance and attention at farm level to bio security is, and will remain, important.’
- ‘That is an achievement in itself, though it also imposes on us a constant need for vigilance.’
- ‘But without its constant vigilance, it is very unlikely York would have survived as the city it is today.’
- ‘It is also required to maintain constant vigilance against external threats to the integrity and vitality of the body.’
- ‘Constant vigilance is the only possible response to the terrifying Rise of The Machines.’
- ‘Prevention is one of those things that is something that needs constant vigilance.’
- ‘These guys certainly show, in my mind, why they should be under constant vigilance.’
- ‘During the opening stages of the Tour, the favourites repeat like a mantra the need for constant vigilance.’
- ‘In a situation that we face today constant vigilance and care are imperative.’
- ‘And it requires constant vigilance, and holding the feet to the fire of our elected ones.’
- ‘These standards deserve constant vigilance as science in the media becomes a distinct profession.’
- ‘Congratulations for your vigilance in watching the government and thereby protecting us all.’
- ‘Constant vigilance in the form of the water control is necessary to monitor for this.’
- ‘He said vigilance was the best way to protect small children from danger.’
- ‘The watch and vigilance of the learned members of the judiciary effectively supplements their role.’
- ‘There has to be constant vigilance in reporting new cases or old ones now revealed.’
- ‘At any time it can warn to the owner any conditions to caution him to raise vigilance.’
Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin vigilantia, from vigilare ‘keep awake’, from vigil (see vigil).
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