Definition of autotelic in English:


Syllabification: au·to·tel·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌôtəˈtelik


  • (Of an activity or a creative work) having an end or purpose in itself.
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    • 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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