Vicarious

Definition of Vicarious

Vi`ca´ri`ous   Pronunciation: vî`kā´ĭ`ŭs
a.1.Of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy; deputed; delegated; as, vicarious power or authority.
2.Acting or suffering for another; as, a vicarious agent or officer.
The soul in the body is but a subordinate efficient, and vicarious . . . in the hands of the Almighty.
- Sir M. Hale.
3.Performed ,experienced, or suffered in the place of another; substituted; as, a vicarious sacrifice; vicarious punishment; vicarious pleasure.
The vicarious work of the Great Deliverer.
- I. Taylor.
4.(Med.) Acting as a substitute; - said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function; as, vicarious hemorrhage replacing menstruation.

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alternate, alternative, assigned, backup, commissioned, counterfeit, delegated, dummy, equivalent, ersatz, fake, imitation, indirect, makeshift, mock, phony, pinch, provisional, proxy, reserve, secondary, spare, stopgap, substitute, substituted, surrogate, temporary, tentative, token, utility
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