What does vigilance mean?

Definitions for vigilance
ˈvɪdʒ ə lənsvig·i·lance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. watchfulness, wakefulness, vigilance, alertnessnoun

    the process of paying close and continuous attention

    "wakefulness, watchfulness, and bellicosity make a good hunter"; "vigilance is especially susceptible to fatigue"

  2. watchfulness, vigilance, weather eyenoun

    vigilant attentiveness

    "he keeps a weather eye open for trouble"


  1. vigilancenoun

    Alert watchfulness.

  2. vigilancenoun

    Close and continuous attention.


  1. vigilance

    Vigilance refers to the state of being watchful, alert and attentive, especially for signs of danger, difficulties, or irregularities. It involves maintaining careful, continuous observation, often in order to prevent problems or respond swiftly to any changes in the environment or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vigilancenoun

    the quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of sleep; wakefulness

  2. Vigilancenoun

    watchfulness in respect of danger; care; caution; circumspection

  3. Vigilancenoun

    guard; watch

  4. Etymology: [L. vigilantia: cf. F. vigilance.]


  1. Vigilance

    In modern psychology, vigilance, also termed sustained concentration, is defined as the ability to maintain concentrated attention over prolonged periods of time. During this time, the person attempts to detect the appearance of a particular target stimulus. The individual watches for a signal stimulus that may occur at an unknown time. The study of vigilance has expanded since the 1940s mainly due to the increased interaction of people with machines for applications involving monitoring and detection of rare events and weak signals. Such applications include air traffic control, inspection and quality control, automated navigation, military and border surveillance, and lifeguarding.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Vigilance is ranked #159712 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Vigilance surname appeared 101 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Vigilance.

    90.1% or 91 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigilance in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigilance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of vigilance in a Sentence

  1. Muhammadu Buhari:

    Fellow Nigerians, I urge you to exercise patience and vigilance as we wait for all results to be announced.

  2. Benjamin Chapman:

    It's not just one area, we need more vigilance on the farm level. We need better technology in production and distribution. It's consumer habits. We need to rethink the methods we have been looking at or do them in a smarter and better way. It really is : How do we get Healthy People 2020 to care about this ?

  3. Abraham Lincoln:

    While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.

  4. Troy Miller:

    CBP Officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis, the interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily.

  5. Nadine Gordimer:

    In a democracy -- even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-?litist one -- the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.

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