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vigorous

[vig-er-uh s] /ˈvɪg ər əs/
adjective
1.
full of or characterized by vigor:
a vigorous effort.
2.
strong; active; robust:
a vigorous youngster.
3.
energetic; forceful:
vigorous steps; a vigorous personality.
4.
powerful in action or effect:
vigorous law enforcement.
5.
growing well, as a plant.
Origin of vigorous
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin vigorōsus. See vigor, -ous
Related forms
vigorously, adverb
vigorousness, noun
overvigorous, adjective
overvigorously, adverb
overvigorousness, noun
supervigorous, adjective
supervigorously, adverb
supervigorousness, noun
unvigorous, adjective
unvigorously, adverb
unvigorousness, noun
Synonyms
2. sturdy, sound, healthy. 3. powerful.
Antonyms
1–5. weak.
Synonym Study
2. See active.
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  • So vigorous was her movement that Cassidy's clasp was thrown off the wrist.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • After Aggie's vigorous comment there followed a long silence.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Yes; this is what the secrets of my art have done for me to preserve me fresh and vigorous as you see.

  • The wizened little headman was as cheerful and lively and vigorous as ever.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He is still young and vigorous, and has it yet in his power to accomplish much.

British Dictionary definitions for vigorous

vigorous

/ˈvɪɡərəs/
adjective
1.
endowed with bodily or mental strength or vitality; robust
2.
displaying, involving, characterized by, or performed with vigour: vigorous growth
Derived Forms
vigorously, adverb
vigorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vigorous
adj.

c.1300 (early 13c. as a surname), from Anglo-French vigrus, Old French vigorosus, from Latin vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive" (see vigor). Related: Vigorously.

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