Watchful synonyms

wŏch'fəl
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The definition of vigilant is watchful and alert.
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Vigilantly attentive; watchful:
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(Archaic) Feeling or causing sorrow, worry, etc.; anxious
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(Fencing) The starting position of a fencing bout; en garde.
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Knowing or realizing; conscious; informed
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Kept safe; watched over and protected; defended
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Attentive; heedful:
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Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
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Full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary
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Circumspect is defined as cautious and unwilling to take risks.
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Done with the eyes open
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Mentally disposed; willing:
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Wary is defined as watchful or cautious.
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Of or pertaining to lack of attention; not paying attention; careless.
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(Law) Culpable due to negligence.
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Without sleep; sleepless.
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Vigilantly attentive
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Having or causing insomnia.
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Always alert or active; never resting:
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Not alert.
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In a ready state; specif., already cooked
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Extremely observant; vigilant.
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Paying close attention; alert or observant:
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The definition of chary is a person who does not take chances or is not very giving.
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Synonym Study

  • Wide-awake more often implies an alertness to opportunities than to dangers and connotes an awareness of all the surrounding circumstances a wide-awake young salesman
  • Alert implies a quick intelligence and a readiness to take prompt action alert to the danger that confronted them
  • Vigilant implies an active, keen watchfulness and connotes the immediate necessity for this a vigilant sentry
  • Watchful is the general word implying a being observant and prepared, as to ward off danger or seize an opportunity under the watchful eye of her guardian
Find another word for watchful. In this page you can discover 34 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for watchful, like: vigilant, alert, wide-awake, careful, on-guard, aware, guarded, mindful, keen, cautious and circumspect.