state or quality of being vigilant; watchfulness: Vigilance is required in the event of treachery.
Pathology. insomnia.

Nearby words

  1. vigia,
  2. vigil,
  3. vigil light,
  4. vigil mass,
  5. vigilambulism,
  6. vigilance committee,
  7. vigilant,
  8. vigilante,
  9. vigilantes,
  10. vigilantism

Origin of vigilance

1560–70; alteration (-ance for -ancy) of obsolete vigilancy < Latin vigilantia; see vigilant, -ancy

Related formshy·per·vig·i·lance, nounnon·vig·i·lance, nounpre·vig·i·lance, nounsu·per·vig·i·lance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vigilance



the fact, quality, or condition of being vigilant
the abnormal state or condition of being unable to sleep
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Word Origin and History for vigilance



1560s, from French vigilance, from Latin vigilantia "wakefulness," from vigilia (see vigil).

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