elan vitalélan vi·tal
The vital force hypothesized by Henri Bergson as a source of efficient causation and evolution in nature. Also called life force.
Origin of elan vitalFrench : élan, ardor + vital, vital.
- The life force or vital principle posited in the philosophy of Henri Bergson; any mysterious or creative vital principle.
From French élan vital, coined by Henri Bergson.