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Definition of "entelechy" [en•tel•e•chy]

  • In the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized; actuality. (noun)
  • In some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "entelechy" in a sentence
  • "The term entelechy which sounds outlandish to us may be replaced by the word realization or actualization and is very close in meaning to the"
  • "Salmansohn re-defines such difficult concepts such as "entelechy", as your intended seed personality and "mightiest human being self" and "mimesis" as the groundwork for creating vision boards, which I later tried."
  • "The vital factor he boldly designates "entelechy", or "psychoid", and advocated a return to Aristotle for the most helpful conception of the principle of life."