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      n   pl   , -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  
     (C17: from Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelekheia, from en-2 + telos goal, completion + ekhein to have)  
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