Word forms: watchful, awake, alert

Attention, mindfulness, listening, be awake and alert.

Negative (destructive) : suspicious, suspicious, critical, skeptical, caution.

German : Wachsamkeit.

word origin

From Middle Latin “waking” and Old High German “wahhēn” = “be fresh, be merry, be alert, watch, keep watch”; transferred from “guard” = “keeping awake” in “alert” = “attentive, mindful”.


Attentive ones pay attention to the passing conditions of a present situation.


Alertness means to be especially attentive and observant. The importance of alertness or is quite similar to the importance of attention, as both describe an actively observant and cautious behavior. However, vigilance involves the motive of paying attention to certain aspects in current situations, for example to ensure safety.

A watchful person therefore pays particular attention to details and in certain situations is extremely active and focused.

Being vigilant includes being so well-rested and having a sensitive sensibility.


“The useful virtues of citizens are humanity, equity, bravery, vigilance and love of work”
Frederick II the Great (1712 to 1786); Prussian king

“Fear is a good guide, it is natural, and it increases your alertness.”
Henning M. Beier (b. 1940); German biologist and physician

“Honor the women, they weave and weave – Celestial roses into earthly life, lichens of love blessed band, And in the grace of chaste veils They vigilantly feed the eternal fire Beautiful feelings with holy hand.”
Friedrich von Schiller (1759 to 1805); German poet

“Doubt has to be nothing more than vigilance, otherwise it can be dangerous.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 to 1799); German physicist and writer

Letzte Bearbeitung am 1. Juni 2018