élan vital

[French ey-lahn vee-tal]
(especially in Bergsonian philosophy) the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change, and necessary or desirable adaptations.

1905–10; < French: literally, vital ardor

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

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