possessing or exhibiting energy, especially in abundance; vigorous: an energetic leader.
powerful in action or effect; effective: to take energetic measures against crime.

Sometimes en·er·get·i·cal.

Origin of energetic

1645–55; < Greek energētikós, equivalent to energē- (en- en-2 + ergē-, variant stem of ergeîn to be active; see energy) + -tikos -tic
Related formsen·er·get·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·en·er·get·ic, adjectivenon·en·er·get·ic, adjectivenon·en·er·get·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-en·er·get·ic, adjectivequa·si-en·er·get·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·en·er·get·ic, adjectivesu·per·en·er·get·i·cal·ly, adverbul·tra·en·er·get·ic, adjectiveun·en·er·get·ic, adjectiveun·en·er·get·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for energetic

Synonym study

1. See active.
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Related Words for energetically

strenuously, vigorously, firmly

Examples from the Web for energetically

Contemporary Examples of energetically

  • One day near Fulda, Shaquille went to a basketball clinic run by Dale Brown, the energetically eccentric basketball coach at LSU.

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    Shaq, Year One

    Charles P. Pierce

    May 24, 2014

  • We know from prior research that when men feel threatened, they tend to energetically protect their status.

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    The Looming Male Backlash

    Rosalind C. Barnett, Caryl Rivers

    March 26, 2011

Historical Examples of energetically

  • It is a manifestation of the Eternal Grace, and never has it overpowered me so energetically as now.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Such a false and cruel generalization must be energetically opposed.

  • They energetically denied it; they burst out in protestations.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • "Now, I'm ready for the Plant, Roger," he said energetically.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • "That would be typical of the Sans," agreed Leila energetically.

British Dictionary definitions for energetically



having or showing much energy or force; vigorous
Derived Formsenergetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for energetically



1650s, "powerful," from Greek energetikos "active," from energein "to work, act upon" (see energy). Of persons, "active," in English from 1796 (energetical is from c.1600).

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