Entelechy En*tel"e*chy, n. [L. entelechia, Gr. ?, prob. fr. ? ? ? to be complete; ? + ? completion, end + ? to have or hold.] (Peripatetic Philos.) An actuality; a conception completely actualized, in distinction from mere potential existence. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • Entelechy — (Gk. ἐντελέχια) is a philosophical concept of Aristotle that was later adopted by the biological thinker Hans Driesch. From en (in), telos (end, or purpose) and echein (to have), Aristotle coined it to denote having one s end within , therefore,… …   Wikipedia

  • entelechy — c.1600, from Gk. entelekheia, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (2)) + telei, dative of telos perfection (see TELE (Cf. tele )) + ekhein to have (see SCHEME (Cf. scheme) (n.)). In Aristotle …   Etymology dictionary

  • entelechy — [en tel′i kē] n. pl. entelechies [ME entelechia < L < Gr entelecheia, actuality < en telei echein < en, in + telei, dat. of telos, end, completion + echein, to hold: see SCHEME] 1. in Aristotelian philosophy, the actualization of… …   English World dictionary

  • entelechy — entelechial /en teuh lek ee euhl/, adj. /en tel euh kee/, n., pl. entelechies. 1. a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality. 2. (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life. [1595 1605; < LL entelechia < …   Universalium

  • entelechy — (Gk., to have perfection) In Aristotle, the realization of the potential of a thing, or the mode of being of a thing whose essence is fully realized, as opposed to being merely potential. In later usages the entelechy became treated as the… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • entelechy — noun (plural chies) Etymology: Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelecheia, from entelēs complete (from en 2en + telos end) + echein to have more at telos, scheme Date: 1593 1. the actualization of form giving cause as contrasted with potential …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • entelechy — n.; pl. chies [Gr. en, in; telos, end; echein, to hold] 1. An actuality or realization as opposed to potentiality. 2. A vital force or agent directing growth and life …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • entelechy — noun /ɛnˈtɛləki/ a) The complete actualization and final form of a potency or potentiality, or of a conception. b) The final form as already in the potency or matter, and awaiting actualization …   Wiktionary

  • entelechy —  The act of changing from potential to actual, or a kind of vital force for living things …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • entelechy — [ɛn tɛləki, ɪn ] noun (plural entelechies) Philosophy 1》 the realization of potential. 2》 the supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system. Origin ME: via late L. from Gk entelekheia (used by …   English new terms dictionary

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