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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