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watchful

[woch-fuh l] /ˈwɒtʃ fəl/
adjective
1.
vigilant or alert; closely observant:
The sentry remained watchful throughout the night.
2.
Archaic. wakeful.
Origin of watchful
1540-1550
1540-50; watch + -ful
Related forms
watchfully, adverb
watchfulness, noun
self-watchfulness, noun
unwatchful, adjective
unwatchfully, adverb
unwatchfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. attentive, heedful, careful, circumspect, cautious, wary. See alert.
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Examples from the Web for watchfulness
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  • It took not only strength, but watchfulness and experience to hold the course in the welter of cross-seas.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • With some dryness, she preached energy, watchfulness, and a hopeful mind.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • His manner lost little of its watchfulness, and his voice was surly with defiance when he spoke.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • It was the hush of portent, the hush of watchfulness, the hush of a threatening tension.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • A certain Wolf could not get enough to eat because of the watchfulness of the Shepherds.

  • And thus she opposed to the mother's new watchfulness the watchfulness of the child.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • They left this place June 6, but notwithstanding all their watchfulness and vigilance, 201 no passage could be found.

  • His large eyes were full of a sort of cloudy rebuke and watchfulness.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "I will try, Sire," Crillon answered, abandoning for the first time his attitude of watchfulness.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • In the former case, all was zeal, activity, and watchfulness.

British Dictionary definitions for watchfulness

watchful

/ˈwɒtʃfʊl/
adjective
1.
vigilant or alert
2.
(archaic) not sleeping
Derived Forms
watchfully, adverb
watchfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for watchfulness

watchful

adj.

c.1500, waccheful, from watch (v.) + -ful. Related: Watchfulness.

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