noun, plural en·tel·e·chies.

  1. a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
  2. (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

noun plural -chies metaphysics

  1. (in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality as opposed to potentiality
  2. (in the system of Leibnitz) the soul or principle of perfection of an object or person; a monad or basic constituent
  3. something that contains or realizes a final cause, esp the vital force thought to direct the life of an organism

c.1600, from Greek entelekheia, from en “in” (see en- (2)) + telei, dative of telos “perfection” (see tele-) + ekhein “to have” (see scheme (n.)). In Aristotle, “the condition in which a potentiality has become an actuality.”

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