Observance vs Vigilance - What's the difference?

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Observance is a related term of vigilance.

As nouns the difference between observance and vigilance

is that observance is the practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule while vigilance is alert watchfulness.


Alternative forms

* observaunce (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule
  • The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion
  • Observation or the act of watching
  • (religion) A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church
  • vigilance



  • Alert watchfulness.
  • *
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  • Close and continuous attention.
  • * 1837 March 4, (Andrew Jackson), Farewell Address
  • But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.