entelechy c.1600, from Gk. entelekheia, from en "in" (see EN- (Cf. en-) (2)) + telei, dative of telos "perfection" (see TELE- (Cf. tele-)) + ekhein "to have" (see SCHEME (Cf. scheme) (n.)). In Aristotle, "the condition in which a potentiality has become an actuality."

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