from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized; actuality.
- n. In some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The complete realisation and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualised.
- n. A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being. It is the need to actualize one’s beliefs. It is having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within.
- n. Something complex that emerges when you put a large number of simple objects together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An actuality; a conception completely actualized, in distinction from mere potential existence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Realization: opposed to power or potentiality, and nearly the same as energy or act (actuality).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Aristotle) the state of something that is fully realized; actuality as opposed to potentiality
Late Latin entelechīa, from Greek entelekheia : entelēs, complete (en-, in; see en-2 + telos, completion; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots) + ekhein, to have; see segh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin entelechia, from Ancient Greek ἐντελέχεια (entelékheia), coined by Aristotle from ἐντελής (entelés, "complete, finished, perfect") (from τέλος (télos, "end, fruition, accomplishment")) + ἔχω (ékho, "to have") (Wiktionary)