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vital force

noun
1.
the force that animates and perpetuates living beings and organisms.
Also called vital principle.
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  • The amount of wear and tear, the expenditure of vital force, involved in the transit from infancy to manhood cannot be estimated.

  • Nor have I ever despaired of a return of the theory of vital force.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert
  • The atoms are indestructible; vital force is not: atoms have no age; vital force is born, grows old, and dies.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
  • He has a right to his own vital energy and to all that his own vital force produces.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Again, they rise up pallid and misty, and perish for want of strength or of nutrition; the vital force is lacking.

  • That person's vital force is low, and the organs that supply it are feeble in their action.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • The enemy's hau—his life-essence, his vital force—then lies in the hollow of the tohunga's hand.

  • Adam was asleep, when Eve as a vital force leaped away from him.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • Everybody felt, confusedly perhaps, but very surely, that a new and vital force had arisen in English literature.

    Life of Charles Dickens Frank Marzials
  • It is the source of light and heat—the two great stimulants of vital force.

British Dictionary definitions for vital force

vital force

noun
1.
(esp in early biological theory) a hypothetical force, independent of physical and chemical forces, regarded as being the causative factor of the evolution and development of living organisms
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