Definition of vitalist in US English:


adjective & noun

  • See vitalism

    • ‘However, as with all such models, danger lurks in vitalist assumptions that lead in turn to technological and social determinism.’
    • ‘At the same time, this purely materialistic explanation elucidates many of the phenomena which the vitalists had claimed could not be explained chemically or physically.’
    • ‘According to vitalists, life, which in the material world is manifested as a physical process, emerges as a result of an immaterial impulse.’
    • ‘Contrary to what your consult implies in his response, I am not a vitalist, a reductionist, or a physicalist.’
    • ‘This is not surprising, since he was a vitalist - one who adheres to a doctrine that puts life in the forefront and rejects the Cartesian dichotomy between body and mind.’
    • ‘However, energy theorists and other vitalists are no closer to uncovering the truth behind our existence than the rest of us.’
    • ‘The author sees homeopathic medicine as a prime area of vitalist principles.’