Entelechy meaning

ĕn-tĕlĭ-kē
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In some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment.
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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.
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In the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized; actuality.
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Something complex that emerges when you put a large number of simple objects together.
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In Aristotelian philosophy, the actualization of potentiality or of essence.
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In vitalism, the inherent force which controls and directs the activities and development of a living being.
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(Aristotelian philosophy) The complete realisation and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualised.
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Origin of entelechy

  • Late Latin entelechīa from Greek entelekheia entelēs complete (en- in en–2) (telos completion kwel-1 in Indo-European roots) ekhein to have segh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)

    From Wiktionary