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American English Dictionary

entelechy (ɛnˈtɛlɪki )



Word forms:   plural enˈtelechies
  1. in Aristotelian philosophy, the actualization of potentiality or of essence
  2. in vitalism, the inherent force which controls and directs the activities and development of a living being

Word Origin

ME entelechia < L < Gr entelecheia, actuality < en telei echein < en, in + telei, dat. of telos, end, completion + echein, to hold: see scheme


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