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1[mass noun] The realization of potential.
- ‘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 within’
- ‘Radionics is concerned with healing of the whole man, with the health pattern or entelechy of the individual.’
- ‘His working definition is that psych is the ‘first entelechy of a natural organic body’.’
- ‘It is Aristotle's idea of entelechy, applied not to biology but to our human community.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2[count noun]The soul.
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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