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[vahy-tal-i-tee] /vaɪˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural vitalities.
exuberant physical strength or mental vigor:
a person of great vitality.
capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence:
the vitality of an institution.
power to live or grow:
the vitality of a language.
vital force or principle.
Origin of vitality
1585-95; < Latin vītālitās, equivalent to vītāli(s) vital + -tās- -ty2
Related forms
nonvitality, noun
supervitality, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vitality
  • His paintings are a bright profusion of energy and vitality, many of them laced with humor and irony.
  • Their red barns, silver silos and white fences have brought vitality into local agriculture.
  • The bustling crowds and clicking cameras can detract from the serenity, but they also fill the complex with vitality and color.
  • The risk then is that the scrappiness of the company would go away, the vitality would go away.
  • The sustained vitality of a complex network requires that the net keep provoking itself out of balance.
  • Spectacular, magnificent drummers power the dancers' inexhaustible vitality.
  • Importantly, the vibrant blue contrasts so well with the yellows and the reds, making the whole scene alive with vitality.
  • Malaria effectively saps the vitality of entire regions.
  • Our planet depends on the vitality of the ocean to support and sustain it.
  • It's an approach that may succeed in terms of high efficiency but at the expense of vitality.
British Dictionary definitions for vitality


noun (pl) -ties
physical or mental vigour, energy, etc
the power or ability to continue in existence, live, or grow: the vitality of a movement
a less common name for vital force
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Word Origin and History for vitality

1590s, from Latin vitalitas, from vitalis "pertaining to life" (see vital).

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vitality in Medicine

vitality vi·tal·i·ty (vī-tāl'ĭ-tē)

  1. The capacity to live, grow, or develop.

  2. Physical or intellectual vigor; energy.

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