autotelic

[aw-tuh-tel-ik]

adjective Philosophy.

(of an entity or event) having within itself the purpose of its existence or happening.

Compare heterotelic.

Origin of autotelic

First recorded in 1900–05; auto-1 + telic
Related formsau·to·tel·ism, noun
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