vigorous
adjective Etymology: Middle English vigorous, vigrous, from Anglo-French, from vigour Date: 14th century 1. possessing vigor ; full of physical or mental strength or active force ; strong <
a vigorous youth
>
<
a vigorous plant
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2. done with vigor ; carried out forcefully and energetically <
vigorous exercises
>
vigorously adverbvigorousness noun Synonyms: vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness <
as vigorous as a youth half his age
>
. energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity <
an energetic campaigner
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. strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging <
the strenuous life on an oil rig
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. lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment <
a lusty appetite for life
>
. nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor <
full of nervous energy
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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