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vigilance

[vij-uh-luh ns] /ˈvɪdʒ ə ləns/
noun
1.
state or quality of being vigilant; watchfulness:
Vigilance is required in the event of treachery.
2.
Pathology, insomnia.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; alteration (-ance for -ancy) of obsolete vigilancy < Latin vigilantia; see vigilant, -ancy
Related forms
hypervigilance, noun
nonvigilance, noun
previgilance, noun
supervigilance, noun
Synonyms
1. alertness, attention, heedfulness, concern, care.
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Examples for hypervigilance
  • They develop this extreme hypervigilance because they never know what is going to happen next.
British Dictionary definitions for hypervigilance

vigilance

/ˈvɪdʒɪləns/
noun
1.
the fact, quality, or condition of being vigilant
2.
the abnormal state or condition of being unable to sleep
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Word Origin and History for hypervigilance
vigilance
1560s, from Fr. vigilance, from L. vigilantia "wakefulness," from vigilia (see vigil).
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