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élan vital

noun élan vi·tal \ā-läⁿ-vē-täl\

Definition of ÉLAN VITAL

:  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 of ÉLAN VITAL

French
First Known Use: 1907

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