noun (plural entelechies)[mass noun] Philosophy
1.1The supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organization: such self-organization required a special biological force—entelechy [count noun]: an entelechy generating a work of art from within
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.
Definition of entelechy in:
- The US English dictionary