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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrine that the phenomena of life depend upon a peculiar vital principle; any vitalistic theory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Reverence for animal life or belief in animal powers and influences, as among savages.
  • noun (Biol.) A doctrine, now discarded, that the phenomena of life are due to a peculiar vital principle; the theory of vital force.

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