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Dictionary Definition

vital adj
1 urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest" [syn: critical]
2 performing an essential function in the living body; "vital organs"; "blood and other vital fluids"; "the loss of vital heat in shock"; "a vital spot"; "life-giving love and praise" [syn: life-sustaining]
3 full of spirit; "a dynamic full of life woman"; "a vital and charismatic leader"; "this whole lively world" [syn: full of life, lively]
4 manifesting or characteristic of life; "a vital, living organism"; "vital signs"

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From vitalis.

Adjective

  1. Relating to, or characteristic of life.
  2. Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.
    • The brain is a vital organ.
  3. Invigorating or life-giving.
    • The sun’s vital radiation.
  4. Necessary to continued existence.
    • The transition to farming was vital for the creation of civilisation.
  5. Relating to the recording of life events.
    • Birth, marriage and death certificates are vital records.

Translations

Relating to, or characteristic of life
Necessary to the continuation of life
Invigorating or life-giving
Necessary to continued existence
Relating to the recording of life events

Etymology

From vitalis.

Pronunciation

/vi.tal/

Adjective

  1. vital

Spanish

Adjective

  1. vital

See also

Extensive Definition

Vital may refer to:

See also

vital in German: Vital
vital in French: Vital

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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