autotelic

adjective
au·​to·​te·​lic | \ ˌȯ-tō-ˈte-lik How to pronounce autotelic (audio) , -ˈtē- How to pronounce autotelic (audio) \

Definition of autotelic

: having a purpose in and not apart from itself

Examples of autotelic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most importantly, flow is what researchers call an autotelic experience. Richard Huskey, The Conversation, 4 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of autotelic

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autotelic

Greek autotelēs, from aut- + telos end — more at telos

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The first known use of autotelic was in 1900

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“Autotelic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autotelic. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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