AskDefine | Define vitality

Dictionary Definition



1 an energetic style [syn: verve]
2 a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; "jogging works off my excess energy"; "he seemed full of vim and vigor" [syn: energy, vim]
3 (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms [syn: life force, vital force, elan vital]
4 the property of being able to survive and grow; "the vitality of a seed" [syn: animation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The capacity to live and develop
  2. Energy or vigour
  3. That which distinguishes living from nonliving things


The capacity to live and develop
Energy or vigour
That which distinguishes living from nonliving things

Extensive Definition

For the submarine HMS Vitality, see HMS Untamed (P58).

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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