- vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night.
- Archaic. wakeful.
Origin of watchful
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1. attentive, heedful, careful, circumspect, cautious, wary.
1. See alert.
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Examples from the Web for watchfulness
With some dryness, she preached energy, watchfulness, and a hopeful mind.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
It was the hush of portent, the hush of watchfulness, the hush of a threatening tension.The Law-Breakers
His large eyes were full of a sort of cloudy rebuke and watchfulness.
And thus she opposed to the mother's new watchfulness the watchfulness of the child.
The watchfulness seemed to have gone from his eyes, his muscles to have relaxed.The Twins of Suffering Creek
- vigilant or alert
- archaic not sleeping
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Word Origin and History for watchfulness
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