au·​to·​te·​lic ˌȯ-tō-ˈte-lik How to pronounce autotelic (audio) -ˈtē- How to pronounce autotelic (audio)
: 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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Word History


Greek autotelḗs "having an end in itself, having one's own authority, final, unconditional" (from auto- auto- + -telēs, adjective derivative of télos "fulfillment, completion, end") + -ic entry 1 — more at telos

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autotelic was in 1900

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“Autotelic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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