élan vital

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élan vi·tal

The vital impulse hypothesized by Henri Bergson as the creative source of the evolution of life and consciousness in nature. Also called life force.

[French : élan, ardor + vital, vital.]

élan vital

(elɑ̃ vital)
(Philosophy) a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution. Compare Bergsonism
[literally: vital impetus]

é•lan vi•tal

(Fr. eɪ lɑ̃ viˈtal)
(esp. in Bergsonian philosophy) the vital or creative force in all organisms that is responsible for growth and evolution.
[1905–10; < French: literally, vital ardor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elan vital - (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"

élan vital

The vital principle or animating force within living beings: