Entelechy

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Entelechy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Entelechy \En*tel"e*chy\, n. [L. entelechia, Gr. ?, prob. fr. ? ? ? to be complete; ? + ? completion, end + ? to have or hold.] (Peripatetic Philos.) An actuality; a conception completely actualized, in distinction from mere potential existence.
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In philosophy, Potentiality and Actuality

The concept of potentiality, in this context, generally refers to any "possibility" that a thing can be said to have. Aristotle did not consider all possibilities the same and emphasized the importance of those which will tend to become real of their own accord whenever the conditions are right and nothing stops them.

This dichotomy, in modified forms, remained very important into the middle ages, influencing the development of medieval theology in several ways. Going further into modern times, while the understanding of nature (and deity) implied by the dichotomy lost importance, the terminology has found new uses, developing indirectly from the old. This is most obvious in words like "energy" and "dynamic", but also in examples such as the biological concept of an "entelechy".

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