EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of entelechy 1595–1605;
Late Latin entelechīa
en- en- 2
) goal +
) to have +
-eia -y 3 Related forms en·te·lech·i·al , [en-t uh- lek-ee- uh l] /ˌɛn təˈlɛk i əl/ adjective
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The soul, Aristotle defines as the first
entelechy of the body.
The soul actualises the body, and becomes, as he said, its
That is why, if we do grant the existence of an
entelechy, it must be inseparable from the body.
Now let us examine the opinion of those who call the soul an
In every other monad, the
entelechy, or energy, is but one factor. British Dictionary definitions for entelechy 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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Word Origin and History for entelechy n.
c.1600, from Greek
entelekheia, from en "in" (see en- (2)) + telei, dative of telos "perfection" (see tele-) + ekhein "to have" (see scheme (n.)). In Aristotle, "the condition in which a potentiality has become an actuality."
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