noun, plural en·tel·e·chies.
- a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
- (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.
noun plural -chies metaphysics
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality as opposed to potentiality
- (in the system of Leibnitz) the soul or principle of perfection of an object or person; a monad or basic constituent
- 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.”