Definition of vigilance in English:



  • [mass noun] The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.

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