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[vahy-tal-i-tee] /vaɪˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural vitalities.
exuberant physical strength or mental vigor:
a person of great vitality.
capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence:
the vitality of an institution.
power to live or grow:
the vitality of a language.
vital force or principle.
Origin of vitality
1585-95; < Latin vītālitās, equivalent to vītāli(s) vital + -tās- -ty2
Related forms
nonvitality, noun
supervitality, noun Unabridged
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  • When the point of death was apparently reached his vitality took a turn for the better and he rapidly improved.

  • The surface of his body was cold as ice, and apparently without the least vitality.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • His wife, I felt, for all her surface fascination and vitality, was rather a waste of time.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • Second, the vigor or vitality of the individual child must be considered.

  • But boil it or bake it and the vitality is gone, and all the art and science of mankind cannot bring it back again.

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for vitality


noun (pl) -ties
physical or mental vigour, energy, etc
the power or ability to continue in existence, live, or grow: the vitality of a movement
a less common name for vital force
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Word Origin and History for vitality

1590s, from Latin vitalitas, from vitalis "pertaining to life" (see vital).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vitality in Medicine

vitality vi·tal·i·ty (vī-tāl'ĭ-tē)

  1. The capacity to live, grow, or develop.

  2. Physical or intellectual vigor; energy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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