AskDefine | Define aliveness

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1 the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes" [syn: animation, life, living]
2 having animal life as distinguished from plant life; "full of life" [syn: animateness, liveness] [ant: inanimateness]

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(US) IPA: /əˈlaɪvnəs/


  1. The state of being alive; exuberance, intensity.
    • 1917: Winston Churchill, The Dwelling-Place of Light - ... she's such a perplexing mixture of old New England and modernity, of a fatalism, and an aliveness that fairly vibrates.
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