elan vital

NOUN
  1. (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
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How To Use elan vital In A Sentence

  • By contrast, the intuitive consciousness Boccioni and the Futurists associated with artistic creativity and the violence of the male revolutionary represented the elan vital as a fully operative agent of creative evolution.
  • We should stress that we are not suggesting any form of vitalism - the discredited notion that living matter differs from all other matter by possessing some peculiar ingredient or elan vital.
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