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vitalism

[vahyt-l-iz-uh m] /ˈvaɪt lˌɪz əm/
1.
the doctrine that phenomena are only partly controlled by mechanical forces, and are in some measure self-determining.
Compare dynamism (def 1), mechanism (def 8).
2.
Biology. a doctrine that ascribes the functions of a living organism to a vital principle distinct from chemical and physical forces.
Origin of vitalism
1815-1825
1815-25; vital + -ism
Related forms
vitalist, noun, adjective
vitalistic, adjective
vitalistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for vitalism

vitalism

/ˈvaɪtəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophical doctrine that the phenomena of life cannot be explained in purely mechanical terms because there is something immaterial which distinguishes living from inanimate matter Compare dynamism, mechanism
Derived Forms
vitalist, noun, adjective
vitalistic, adjective
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