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élan vital

[French ey-lahn vee-tal] /French eɪ lɑ̃ viˈtal/
noun
1.
(especially in Bergsonian philosophy) the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change, and necessary or desirable adaptations.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < French: literally, vital ardor
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élan vital

/elɑ̃ vital/
noun
1.
a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution Compare Bergsonism
Word Origin
literally: vital impetus
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See life force

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