élan vital

[ French ey-lahnvee-tal ]
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noun
  1. (especially in Bergsonian philosophy) the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change, and necessary or desirable adaptations.

Origin of élan vital

1
1905–10; <French: literally, vital ardor

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élan vital

/ French (elɑ̃ vital) /


noun
  1. a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution: Compare Bergsonism

Origin of élan vital

1
literally: vital impetus

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