From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vigorous \Vig"or*ous\, a. [Cf. OF. vigoros, F. vigoureux, LL.
   1. Possessing vigor; full of physical or mental strength or
      active force; strong; lusty; robust; as, a vigorous youth;
      a vigorous plant.
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            Famed for his valor, young,
            At sea successful, vigorous and strong. --Waller.
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   2. Exhibiting strength, either of body or mind; powerful;
      strong; forcible; energetic; as, vigorous exertions; a
      vigorous prosecution of a war.
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            The beginnings of confederacies have been always
            vigorous and successful.              --Davenant.
      [1913 Webster] -- Vig"or*ous*ly, adv. --
      Vig"or*ous*ness, n.
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