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élan vital

[French ey-lahn vee-tal] /French eɪ lɑ̃ viˈtal/
(especially in Bergsonian philosophy) the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change, and necessary or desirable adaptations.
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1905-10; < French: literally, vital ardor Unabridged
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élan vital

/elɑ̃ vital/
a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution Compare Bergsonism
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literally: vital impetus
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