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vital force

noun
1.
the force that animates and perpetuates living beings and organisms.
Also called vital principle.
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  • The stronger the vital force, the plainer will be the perception of the phenomenon.

    The Human Aura Swami Panchadasi
  • The acorn will then become as fine a tree as it has vital force to become.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • What was the vital force that brought about this cultural evolution and unification?

    The Arts of Persia H. Kevorkian
  • Nor have I ever despaired of a return of the theory of vital force.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert
  • He has a right to his own vital energy and to all that his own vital force produces.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • That person's vital force is low, and the organs that supply it are feeble in their action.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • The child's birth-stock of vital force is his capital to be traded upon.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • Adam was asleep, when Eve as a vital force leaped away from him.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • It is the source of light and heat—the two great stimulants of vital force.

  • We have said that light and heat are the two great stimulants of vital force.

British Dictionary definitions for vital force

vital force

noun
1.
(esp in early biological theory) a hypothetical force, independent of physical and chemical forces, regarded as being the causative factor of the evolution and development of living organisms
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