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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [woch-fuh l]
    • /ˈwɒtʃ fəl/
    • /ˈwɒʧfəlnəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch-fuh l]
    • /ˈwɒtʃ fəl/

Definitions of watchfulness word

  • adjective watchfulness vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night. 1
  • adjective watchfulness Archaic. wakeful. 1
  • noun watchfulness alertness, vigilance or wakefulness. 0

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Origin of watchfulness

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50; watch + -ful

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Parts of speech for Watchfulness


watchfulness popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

watchfulness usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for watchfulness

noun watchfulness

  • acuities — sharpness; acuteness; keenness: acuity of vision; acuity of mind.
  • acuity — Acuity is sharpness of vision or hearing, or quickness of thought.
  • anxiety — Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness or worry.
  • attentiveness — characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
  • butterflies — tremors in the stomach region due to nervousness

Antonyms for watchfulness

noun watchfulness

  • in-difference — lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
  • neglect — to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
  • neglectfulness — The characteristic of being neglectful.

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