Watchfulness
Watchful Watch"ful, a. Full of watch; vigilant; attentive; careful to observe closely; observant; cautious; -- with of before the thing to be regulated or guarded; as, to be watchful of one's behavior; and with against before the thing to be avoided; as, to be watchful against the growth of vicious habits. ``Many a watchful night.'' --Shak. ``Happy watchful shepherds.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

'Twixt prayer and watchful love his heart dividing. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Vigilant; attentive; cautious; observant; circumspect; wakeful; heedful. [1913 Webster] -- {Watch"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Watch"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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