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entelechy

noun en·tel·e·chy \en-ˈte-lə-kē, in-\
plural en·tel·e·chies

Definition of ENTELECHY

1
:  the actualization of form-giving cause as contrasted with potential existence
2
:  a hypothetical agency not demonstrable by scientific methods that in some vitalist doctrines is considered an inherent regulating and directing force in the development and functioning of an organism
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Origin of ENTELECHY

Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelecheia, from entelēs complete (from en- 2en- + telos end) + echein to have — more at telos, scheme
First Known Use: 1593

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