Definition of autotelic in English:

autotelic

adjective

formal
  • (of an activity or a creative work) having an end or purpose in itself.

    • ‘If the poem is an autotelic entity, an end-in-itself, then sound is more important.’
    • ‘Stevens's autotelic and monological poem is not permitted to stand alone.’
    • ‘Art's emancipation from its autotelic confinement reappropriates ‘the product of art [which] is the tool for the direct or indirect social action.’’

Origin

Early 20th century: from auto- ‘self’ + Greek telos ‘end’ + -ic.

Pronunciation

autotelic

/ˌôdōˈtelik/