(Latin: often through French, quality or state of; being; condition; act or fact of _______ ing; a suffix that forms nouns)
2. The act of keeping a careful eye someone or something in order to detect or to prevent any kind of felonious act or to provide evidence of such actions: The surveillances provided by the bank's video cameras helped to identify the bank robbers.
Electronic surveillances are being utilized by more cities around the world in order to apprehend lawbreakers who are involved in illegal activities.3. Etymology: from French surveillance, "oversight, supervision, a watch"; a noun of action from surveiller, "oversee, watch"; from sur-, "over" + veiller, "to watch" from Latin vigilare, from vigil, "watchful, awake, wakeful".
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2. Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors: At first, temperance in the U.S. encouraged moderation in drinking, but it turned out to be prohibited entirely and finally this constitutional amendment was repealed in 1933.
3. Etymology: from Latin temperare, "to restrain oneself", which has come through into the derivatives temperance and temperate.
"This apartment building still has no vacancies."
"There is a vacancy on the second floor at the rear of the building."
"The personnel department is trying to fill a vacancy in the shipping department."2. A gap; an opening; a breach.
3. An office, position, or tenancy that is unfilled or unoccupied: "There is no vacancy on the Supreme Court."
4. A lack of thought or intelligence: "Shirley had a look of utter vacancy when she was asked what happened yesterday."
2. A state of wavering; fluctuation; inconstancy.
2. Having no permanent home or means of livelihood: Because of Janet's vagrancy, she was unable to obtain a health certificate in order to go to the doctor.
The current economic situations in many countries have resulted in an increase in unemployment and more vagrancy among people.