animal spirits
noun plural Date: 1543 1. (sometimes animal spirit) obsolete the nervous energy that is the source of physical sensation and movement 2. vivacity arising from physical health and energy 3. a willingness to take especially economic risks

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  • animal spirits — n. healthy, lively vigor …   English World dictionary

  • Animal Spirits — Als Animal Spirits (dt. ‚animalische Instinkte‘[1], manchmal auch „etwas flach“ mit ‚Lebensgeister‘ wiedergegeben‘[2]) werden irrationale Elemente im Wirtschaftsgeschehen, wie unreflektierte Instinkte, Emotionen und Herdenverhalten bezeichnet,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Animal Spirits — A term used to describe stock market optimism. Reporting on a strong start to 2010 for stock markets and Asian and European manufacturers, Ian McGugan asked in The Financial Post: Could it be that optimism is coming back into fashion? John… …   Dictionary of unconsidered lexicographical trifles

  • Animal spirits — Spirit Spir it, n. [OF. espirit, esperit, F. esprit, L. spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. {Conspire}, {Expire}, {Esprit}, {Sprite}.] 1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself. [Obs.] All of spirit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Animal Spirits — A term used by John Maynard Keynes used in one of his economics books. In his 1936 publication, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, the term animal spirits is used to describe human emotion that drives consumer confidence.… …   Investment dictionary

  • animal spirits — noun plural Etymology: Latin animalis animate more at animal 1. sometiems animal spirit obsolete : the nervous energy that is the source of physical sensation and movement 2. [influenced in meanin …   Useful english dictionary

  • animal spirits — exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor: The children romped on the lawn, full of animal spirits. [1535 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • animal spirits — noun After Keynes (citation 1936, above), the emotional and intuitive factors that drive business decisions whether to make investment gambles. This is likewise evident in such as walk in the night in their sleep, and do strange feats: these… …   Wiktionary

  • animal spirits — animal beings; wildlife; animals as creatures that deserve to live and not be abused …   English contemporary dictionary

  • animal spirits — Synonyms and related words: animate existence, animation, being alive, birth, capersomeness, coltishness, elan, esprit, existence, exuberance, friskiness, frolicsomeness, gaiety, gamesomeness, gayness, gusto, having life, heartiness, immortality …   Moby Thesaurus

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