entelechial

entelechy

[en-tel-uh-kee]
noun, plural entelechies.
1.
a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
2.
(in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

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

entelechial [en-tuh-lek-ee-uhl] , adjective
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entelechy (ɛnˈtɛlɪkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
1.  (in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality as opposed to potentiality
2.  (in the system of Leibnitz) the soul or principle of perfection of an object or person; a monad or basic constituent
3.  something that contains or realizes a final cause, esp the vital force thought to direct the life of an organism
 
[C17: from Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelekheia, from en-² + telos goal, completion + ekhein to have]

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entelechy
c.1600, from Gk. entelekheia, from en- "in" + telei, dative of telos "perfection" (see tele-) + ekhein "to have." In Aristotle, "the condition in which a potentiality has become an actuality."
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