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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vigilance mean? 

  The noun VIGILANCE has 2 senses:

1. the process of paying close and continuous attention
2. vigilant attentiveness

  Familiarity information: VIGILANCE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1vigilance [BACK TO TOP]


The process of paying close and continuous attention

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


alertness; vigilance; watchfulness; wakefulness

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("vigilance" is a kind of...):

attention (the faculty or power of mental concentration)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vigilance"):

jealousy (zealous vigilance)

Sense 2vigilance [BACK TO TOP]


Vigilant attentiveness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


weather eye; vigilance; watchfulness

Context example:

he keeps a weather eye open for trouble

Hypernyms ("vigilance" is a kind of...):

attentiveness (the trait of being observant and paying attention)

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