from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Strong, energetic, and active in mind or body; robust. See Synonyms at healthy.
  • adj. Marked by or done with force and energy. See Synonyms at active.

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  • adj. Physically strong and active.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Possessing vigor; full of physical or mental strength or active force; strong; lusty; robust.
  • adj. Exhibiting strength, either of body or mind; powerful; strong; forcible; energetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing vigor of body or mind; full of strength or active force; strong; lusty; robust; powerful; having strong vitality or power of growth, as a plant; also, having or exerting force of any kind.
  • Exhibiting or resulting from vigor, energy, or strength, either physical or mental; powerful; forcible; energetic; strong.
  • Synonyms Hale, sound, sturdy, hearty, thrifty, flourishing.
  • 1 and Nervous, spirited.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. strong and active physically or mentally
  • adj. characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity


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  • Since his appointment last month, Mr. Abrams directed a legal staff of five to conduct what he described as a "vigorous review" of the campaign's fund-raising practices since December 2010.

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  • The Secretary had promised what he called a vigorous debate, which sounded like it would still be conducted at fairly high volume.

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  • The increasing repelling power of the accelerated motion of the wheel may serve as an illustration of that which we call vigorous vibration, good vitality, natural immunity or recuperative power.

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  • Public opinion in March, 1861, was so unsettled, the popular mind so impressible, that a spirit of discontent soon began to spread over the loyal States on the part of those who had hoped for what they termed a vigorous administration.

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  • A campmate who went inside an orgy tent told me he saw two men near him engaged in what he termed vigorous, unprotected sex.

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  • In recognition of what it called a vigorous campaign, Town Hall Seattle will also get $125,000.

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  • I came to something like: Drama (and comedy) is active risk and choice, people doing things of consequence to an end, character in vigorous crisis questing for balance.

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  • The study, which tracked 3,369 European men between the ages of 40 and 79, also showed that low testosterone was only somewhat related to such physical and psychological problems as an inability to engage in vigorous activity, sadness and fatigue.

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  • As a postdoc, I wanted to be able to bounce ideas off my mentor and engage in vigorous discussions/arguments about the science ... which is what I had with my younger, then-untenured, associate prof mentor (he's now a tenured, full-prof).

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  • The beginnings of that alienation come simply from being a male candidate engaging in vigorous debate with a woman -- New York Senate candidate Rick Lazio learned this lesson back in the 2000 election, when his pushiness in debates against Hillary Clinton was perceived as creepy and sexist, and wound up hurting him.

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