vital [-lest] adj

OFr < L. vītālis < vīta, life.

  1. Necessary; essential; crucial; life-supporting; [metonymy] bloody.
  2. Life-restoring; able to renew life; [fig.] able to resurrect from the dead.
  3. Meaningful; significant.
  4. Active; lively; moving; impressive; intense; stimulating; arousing emotion in.
  5. Eternal; immortal; everlasting.
  6. Real; actual; concrete; material; verifiable.
  7. Living; alive; dynamic; electric; charged; [fig.] true; intelligent; mentally illuminating; spiritually energizing.