entelechy

noun
en·​tel·​e·​chy | \ en-ˈte-lə-kē How to pronounce entelechy (audio) , in- \
plural entelechies

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

First Known Use of entelechy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entelechy

Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelecheia, from entelēs complete (from en- en- entry 2 + telos end) + echein to have — more at telos, scheme entry 1

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“Entelechy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entelechy. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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