Definition of vigilance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvijələns/


The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
Example sentences
  • Constant vigilance is the only possible response to the terrifying Rise of The Machines.
  • In a situation that we face today constant vigilance and care are imperative.
  • The watch and vigilance of the learned members of the judiciary effectively supplements their role.


Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin vigilantia, from vigilare 'keep awake', from vigil (see vigil).

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Syllabification: vig·i·lance

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