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[vig-er-uh s] /ˈvɪg ər əs/
full of or characterized by vigor:
a vigorous effort.
strong; active; robust:
a vigorous youngster.
energetic; forceful:
vigorous steps; a vigorous personality.
powerful in action or effect:
vigorous law enforcement.
growing well, as a plant.
Origin of vigorous
1300-50; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin vigorōsus. See vigor, -ous
Related forms
vigorously, adverb
vigorousness, noun
overvigorous, adjective
overvigorously, adverb
overvigorousness, noun
supervigorous, adjective
supervigorously, adverb
supervigorousness, noun
unvigorous, adjective
unvigorously, adverb
unvigorousness, noun
2. sturdy, sound, healthy. See active. 3. powerful.
1–5. weak. Unabridged
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  • They would open the policy process to the public to ensure ample and vigorous discussion.
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  • He is a vigorous politician with a grandfatherly sort of charisma.
British Dictionary definitions for vigorous


endowed with bodily or mental strength or vitality; robust
displaying, involving, characterized by, or performed with vigour: vigorous growth
Derived Forms
vigorously, adverb
vigorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vigorous

c.1300 (early 13c. as a surname), from Anglo-French vigrus, Old French vigorosus, from Latin vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive" (see vigor). Related: Vigorously.

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