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[en-er-jet-ik] /ˌɛn ərˈdʒɛt ɪk/
possessing or exhibiting energy, especially in abundance; vigorous:
an energetic leader.
powerful in action or effect; effective:
to take energetic measures against crime.
Sometimes, energetical.
Origin of energetic
1645-55; < Greek energētikós, equivalent to energē- (en- en-2 + ergē-, variant stem of ergeîn to be active; see energy) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
energetically, adverb
hyperenergetic, adjective
nonenergetic, adjective
nonenergetically, adverb
quasi-energetic, adjective
quasi-energetically, adverb
superenergetic, adjective
superenergetically, adverb
ultraenergetic, adjective
unenergetic, adjective
unenergetically, adverb
2. effectual, strong, potent.
Synonym Study
1. See active. Unabridged
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  • The plans of the Governor were speedily formed and most energetically carried forward.

    The Land of the Miamis Elmore Barce
  • It was so effective that M'bisibi, an old man, became most energetically active.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • The president picked up both boxes, and, turning them upside down over the table, shook them energetically.

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  • It is a manifestation of the Eternal Grace, and never has it overpowered me so energetically as now.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Planchette put the skin between the metal plates, and, proud of his new invention, he energetically twisted the crank.

  • "That would be typical of the Sans," agreed Leila energetically.

  • Miss Genie "formed herself into a hollow square" and calmly, but energetically, repulsed him.

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
  • "And I'll wager I know who did it," exclaimed Mr. Jackson energetically.

British Dictionary definitions for energetically


having or showing much energy or force; vigorous
Derived Forms
energetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for energetically



1650s, "powerful," from Greek energetikos "active," from energein "to work, act upon" (see energy). Of persons, "active," in English from 1796 (energetical is from c.1600).

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