animal spiritsanimal spirits
healthy, lively vigor
The vitality of good health.
- (medicine, now historical) The theorized ‘spirits’ or physiological principles which allowed for sensation and voluntary movement. [from 15th c.]
- Liveliness, vivacity, a happy tendency to action. [from 18th c.]
- (economics) After Keynes (citation 1936, above), the emotional and intuitive factors that drive business decisions whether to make investment gambles. [from 20th c.]