Definition of Elan vital

1. Noun. (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms.

Exact synonyms: Life Force, Vital Force, Vitality
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Force
Derivative terms: Vital



Definition of Elan vital

1. Noun. The life force or vital principle posited in the philosophy of Henri Bergson; any mysterious or creative vital principle. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Elan Vital

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ætiologics
ætiologies
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ætiologists
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éboulement
échappé
échappés
écorché
écorchés
écossaise
écossaises
écrasement
écrasements
élan vital
émeute
éminence grises
énarque
énarques
épater la bourgeoisie
épater le bourgeois
épaulière
épaulières
état major
étoile
étoiles
ðe
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übermenschen

Literary usage of Elan vital

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1. The Adolescent Girl: A Study from the Psychoanalytic Viewpoint by Phyllis Mary Blanchard (1920)
"... Schelling's evolutionary interpretation, Schopenhauer's will-to-live, Von Hartmann's unconscious, Bergson's elan vital, Freud's theory of the libido, ..."

2. The Britannica Year Book by Hugh Chisholm (1913)
"(It follows, of course, that determinism is false as regards that special manifestation of the elan vital which we call will, or choice. ..."

3. The Social Philosophy of Instinct by Charles Conant Josey (1922)
"They are differentiations of the elan vital, which have directed the course of evolution. They are obscure directive powers, which watch over the ..."

4. The Bookman's Manual: A Guide to Literature by Bessie Graham (1921)
"He announces a new theory of the universe which is that evolution is due to a force which he calls the "elan vital," "vital energy." This "elan vital ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1915)
"Reality exists only in the elan vital. All the data of experience wherein ... While multiplicity arises in this unreality, unity is found in the elan vital. ..."

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