What does vigilance mean?

Definitions for vigilanceˈvɪdʒ ə ləns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vigilance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. watchfulness, wakefulness, vigilance, alertness(noun)

    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 eye(noun)

    vigilant attentiveness

    "he keeps a weather eye open for trouble"


  1. vigilance(Noun)

    Alert watchfulness.

  2. vigilance(Noun)

    Close and continuous attention.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vigilance(noun)

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

  2. Vigilance(noun)

    watchfulness in respect of danger; care; caution; circumspection

  3. Vigilance(noun)

    guard; watch

  4. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sabata Stoffel Mosehle:

    Vigilance helps grow a person character

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    The Price Of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance.

  3. Margaret Chan:

    We must maintain our vigilance, Complacency would be our enemy.

  4. John Philpot Curran:

    The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

  5. Wendell Phillips:

    Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty--power is ever stealing from the many to the few.

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