from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See élan vital.
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- n. The hypothetical principle that animates all living organisms
- n. An impulse or influence that gives something life or vitality
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- n. (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
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