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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]
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|Noun||1.||elan vital - (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms|
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"