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[en-er-jet-ik] /ˌɛn ərˈdʒɛt ɪk/
possessing or exhibiting energy, especially in abundance; vigorous:
an energetic leader.
powerful in action or effect; effective:
to take energetic measures against crime.
Also, energetical.
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 forms
energetically, adverb
hyperenergetic, adjective
nonenergetic, adjective
nonenergetically, adverb
quasi-energetic, adjective
quasi-energetically, adverb
superenergetic, adjective
superenergetically, adverb
ultraenergetic, adjective
unenergetic, adjective
unenergetically, adverb
1. See active. 2. effectual, strong, potent. Unabridged
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  • He was relentlessly energetic, creative and gracious.
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  • She is wery energetic and thorough in field working.
  • My husband used to be such an active, energetic man.
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  • The intelligent, energetic, vibrant mother I knew is gone.
  • Something with an energetic potential has to have always been in existence.
British Dictionary definitions for energetic


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

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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