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entelechy

[en-tel-uh-kee] /ɛnˈtɛl ə ki/
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 of entelechy
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin entelechīa < Greek entelécheia, equivalent to en- en-2 + tél(os) goal + éch(ein) to have + -eia -y3
Related forms
entelechial
[en-tuh-lek-ee-uh l] /ˌɛn təˈlɛk i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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entelechy

/ɛnˈtɛlɪkɪ/
noun (metaphysics) (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
Word Origin
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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