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élan vital

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noun élan vi·tal \ā-läⁿ-vē-täl\

Definition of élan vital

  1. :  the vital force or impulse of life; especially :  a creative principle held by Bergson to be immanent in all organisms and responsible for evolution



Origin and Etymology of élan vital

French


First Known Use: 1907


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