- in Aristotelian philosophy, the actualization of potentiality or of essence
- in vitalism, the inherent force which controls and directs the activities and development of a living being
Origin of entelechy; from Classical Latin entelechia ; from Classical Greek entelecheia, actuality ; from en telei echein, to be complete ; from en, in + telei, dative of telos, end, completion + echein, to hold: see scheme
- In the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized; actuality.
- In some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment.
Origin of entelechyLate Latin entelech&imacron;a, from Greek entelekheia : entel&emacron;s, complete (en-, in; see en–2 + telos, completion; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots) + ekhein, to have; see segh- in Indo-European roots.
- (Aristotelian philosophy) The complete realisation and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualised.
- A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being. It is the need to actualize one’s beliefs. It is having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within.
- Something complex that emerges when you put a large number of simple objects together.
From Late Latin entelechia, from Ancient Greek ἐντελέχεια (entelékheia), coined by Aristotle from ἐντελής (entelés, “complete, finished, perfect”) (from τέλος (télos, “end, fruition, accomplishment”)) + ἔχω (ékhō, “to have”)