noun (plural entelechies)[mass noun] 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: such self-organization required a special biological force—entelechy [count noun]: an entelechy generating a work of art from withinMore 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.
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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