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Origin of vigilance
OTHER WORDS FROM vigilancehy·per·vig·i·lance, nounnon·vig·i·lance, nounpre·vig·i·lance, nounsu·per·vig·i·lance, noun
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What does vigilance mean?
Vigilance is the state of being watchful or alert for danger or some other kind of trouble.
Vigilance is the noun form of the adjective vigilant, meaning watchful or alert.
Vigilance is often used when talking about keeping something out or in—whether that means keeping mistakes out of your work, robbers out of your home, or the dog inside the house.
In a medical context, vigilance is sometimes used as a synonym for insomnia—the state of being unable to sleep.
Example: We must be vigilant if we want to protect our home from invaders.
Where does vigilance come from?
The first records of the word vigilance come from around 1570. It comes from an earlier and now obsolete version of the word spelled vigilancy. It derives from the Latin vigilāns, which means “keeping awake” and comes from the Latin verb vigilāre, meaning “to be watchful.” It is related to other words that imply watchfulness (and sometimes potential danger), such as vigil and vigilante. In fact, the Latin word vigil means “sentry,” a person who stands guard, such as to look out for dangers such as invaders, escapees, or fire.
Vigilance, then, is the state of acting like a guard who watches to make sure that bad things don’t happen. Of course, those bad things can take many forms, depending on the context in which vigilance is used. Someone might tell you to maintain vigilance while walking home in the dark. Vigilance often involves watching out for unknown dangers. Parents often maintain vigilance in monitoring their children’s internet use. Election officials maintain vigilance over the voting process. In all cases, vigilance involves being watchful and alert without letting your guard down. It doesn’t always have to involve the potential for danger or trouble, but it usually does.
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What are some other forms of vigilance?
- vigilant (adjective)
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How is vigilance used in real life?
Vigilance is often used in serious contexts, such as safety, politics, and national security.
Wray: It’s important because it underlines just how serious our fight against terrorism is, and how vital it is for the FBI to maintain its unflagging vigilance against this threat.
— FBI (@FBI) May 18, 2020
Depression is hard to comprehend. It is complex and non-uniform. It takes an individual, vigilance and dedication to endure. Neuroplasticity is a labyrinth to navigate. It takes time and patience.
If you can't comprehend it, that's fine, but compassion is a good place to start.
— Bob Morley (@WildpipM) May 16, 2020
"It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us… the natural wealth and beauty which is ours. To do this will require constant attention and vigilance–sustained vigor and imagination."
— John F. Kennedy (@JohnFKennedy) May 15, 2020
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Is vigilance used correctly in the following sentence?
His vigilance allowed the dog to slip out the door while he wasn’t looking.
Example sentences from the Web for vigilance
Vigilance, yes; but taking the most aggressive action—not so much.
People may not talk [about it], but there are some vigilance groups that work closely with the security forces.How Nigeria’s Stupidly Brutal Cops Botch the Hunt for Boko Haram|Nico Hines|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite their vigilance they had seen nothing of armed men entering the town, they claimed.
Once the union agreed to some testing and some oversight, vigilance became a necessity for the league.Major League Baseball Is Right to Punish the Biogenesis Cheats|Michael Brendan Dougherty|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We must react with vigilance to the situation of women in Afghanistan.
He felt certain that the freighter had entirely eluded the vigilance of those on board the drab boat.The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless|H. Irving Hancock
Their findings and recommendations are the basis for orders and constructive activities that never relax their vigilance.Huts in Hell|Daniel A. Poling
The old man's amusing attempts to evade their vigilance are frustrated, whereupon he calls for assistance.Authors of Greece|T. W. Lumb
He saw that while he was speaking The Coyote did not for an instant relax his vigilance.The Coyote|James Roberts
Sleep not, then; but, at the turn of the night, be all vigilance and watchfulness.Mercedes of Castile|J. Fenimore Cooper