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entelechy

[ en-tel-uh-kee ]
/ ɛnˈtɛl ə ki /
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noun, plural en·tel·e·chies.

a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
(in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

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Origin of entelechy

1595–1605; <Late Latin entelechīa<Greek entelécheia, equivalent to en-en-2 + tél(os) goal + éch(ein) to have + -eia-y3

OTHER WORDS FROM entelechy

en·te·lech·i·al [en-tuh-lek-ee-uhl], /ˌɛn təˈlɛk i əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for entelechy

entelechy
/ (ɛnˈtɛlɪkɪ) /

noun plural -chies metaphysics

(in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality as opposed to potentiality
(in the system of Leibnitz) the soul or principle of perfection of an object or person; a monad or basic constituent
something that contains or realizes a final cause, esp the vital force thought to direct the life of an organism

Word Origin for entelechy

C17: from Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelekheia, from en- ² + telos goal, completion + ekhein to have
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