[ French ey-lahn vee-tal ]
/ French eɪ lɑ̃ viˈtal /
(especially in Bergsonian philosophy) the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change, and necessary or desirable adaptations.
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Origin of élan vital
1905–10; <French: literally, vital ardor
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Example sentences from the Web for élan vital
What is this elan-vital, that a little fall in temperature would banish altogether from the universe?Winds Of Doctrine|George Santayana
British Dictionary definitions for élan vital
/ French (elɑ̃ vital) /
a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolutionCompare Bergsonism
Word Origin for élan vital
literally: vital impetus
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