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autotelic Line breaks: auto|tel¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɔːtə(ʊ)ˈtɛlɪk/

Definition of autotelic in English:


(Of an activity or a creative work) having an end or purpose in itself.
Example sentences
  • If the poem is an autotelic entity, an end-in-itself, then sound is more important.
  • Stevens's autotelic and monological poem is not permitted to stand alone.
  • Art's emancipation from its autotelic confinement reappropriates ‘the product of art [which] is the tool for the direct or indirect social action.’


Early 20th century: from auto-1 'self' + Greek telos 'end' + -ic.

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