Vi*ca"ri*ous(v*k"*s), a. [L. vicarius, from vicis change, alternation, turn, the position, place, or office of one person as assumed by another; akin to Gr. e'i`kein to yield, give way, G. wechsel a change, and probably also to E. weak. See Weak, and cf. Vice, prep.] 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
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The vicarious work of the Great Deliverer.I. Taylor.
(Med.) Acting as a substitute; -- said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function; as,
vicarious hemorrhage replacing menstruation.
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