noun (plural entelechies)Philosophy
- 1The realization of potential.More example sentences
- Leaving much of this material unattended to, I shall restrict myself to the themes that have occupied my attention in the previous sections, namely, entelechy, the transcendentals, especially beauty, and desire.
- 1.1The supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organization.More example sentences
- His working definition is that psych is the ‘first entelechy of a natural organic body’.
- The entelechy of a caterpillar is to grow into a butterfly.
- The true freedom possible in theology requires a significant degree of prior bondage; the substance of this discipline does not materialize simply out of our own entelechy.
- 1.2The soul.More example sentences
- This is in keeping with the British emergentists' view of emergence as midway between ‘mechanistic’ reductionism and vitalism of a sort which posited entelechies, substances embodying life-governing principles.
- Each twin formed a unitary entelechy, a single living organism made of psyche and soma, still rotating in opposite directions to each other.
late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek entelekheia (used by Aristotle), from en- 'within' + telos 'end, perfection' + ekhein 'be in a certain state'.
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