vital principle


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vital principle a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vital principle an immaterial force, to which the functions peculiar to living beings are ascribed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vital principle that principle on which the life of an organism is thought to depend
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vitalisvita, life—vivĕre, to live; cog. with Gr. bios, life.


In literature:

On vital questions of principle he was as free from control by the Liberals as by the Conservatives.
"Lloyd George" by Frank Dilnot
When the vital principle leaves this body, then hands, eyes and the whole body is helpless.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
But there is another principle of vital importance involved in this election.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
We would rather trust that there are few in whom this moral principle has no vitality whatever.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348" by Various
By one's answer we know just where to place him in regard to the vital principles of Christianity.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Where, then, does the vital principle of the individual begin or end?
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
You will be in position to manifest to the world some vital principle.
"Cupology" by Clara
The idea, the vital principle, has spent itself.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
It is, in fact, the vital principle of modern education.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
These men had to embody some vital principles from the economic conditions of their time and represent some class interest.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
Therefore war is considered by Treitschke as the vital principle of national life (paragraph XVII.).
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
But this grace, is a principle, a vital energy, a life-giving spirit to quicken us, to make us abound in holiness.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
Moisture is the vital principle of the strawberry.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
I probed deeply into the vital principle.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is a concrete and vital expression of the principle.
"The Call of the World" by W. E. Doughty
In my own interpretations I am governed by certain art principles which seem very vital indeed to me.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
This principle has been tried out in so many ways that it is astonishing that it is not recognized as being a vital one.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
He saw also, that the vital principle in Parliament lay in the House of Commons.
"A Short History of England, Ireland and Scotland" by Mary Platt Parmele
With the Babylonians the case was different, although their science lacked the vital principle of growth imparted to it by their successors.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
Examples, otherwise trifling, acquire deep interest when set to illustrate some vital principle.
"The Color Line" by William Benjamin Smith

In science:

The variational principle dictates how we may derive the orbital angular frequency of the system, as well as the energy content of the gravitational waves—information vital to gravitational wave observatories.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Most importantly, its vital role in the science of information technology persuades us to turn to this enveloping science for any mechanisms beyond the limits of physico-chemical principles that could have helped bridge the gap from inanimate matter to life.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
In contrast to the single impurity case where the qualitative results to be expected from a calculation can in principle be read off the input parameters, such a vital possibility of a plausibility check for a given method does not exist in case of quantum cluster models.
Quantum Cluster Theories