[[t]ˌɔ təˈtɛl ɪk[/t]] adj.
pho (of an entity or event) having within itself the purpose of its existence or happening
Compare heterotelic
Etymology: 1900–05 au`to•tel′ism, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Autotelic — is defined by Webster s dictionary as having a purpose in and not apart from itself Etymology: Greek autotelēs, from aut + telos, meaning self and goal.The Oxford English Dictionary cites its earliest use as 1901 (Baldwin, Dictionary of… …   Wikipedia

  • autotelic — AUTOTÉLIC, Ă, autotelici, ce, adj. (fil.) Care conţine în sine scopul; cu finalitate lăuntrică. [pr.: a u ] – Din fr. autotélique. Trimis de ana zecheru, 02.12.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  autotélic adj. m. (sil. a u ), pl. autotélici; …   Dicționar Român

  • autotelic — adj. 1. of or pertaining to autotelism. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autotelic — [ôt΄ōtel′ik] adj. [< Gr autotelēs, complete in itself (see AUTO & TELEOLOGY) + IC] having an end in itself; engaged in for its own sake, as some creative art autotelism n …   English World dictionary

  • autotelic — adjective Etymology: Greek autotelēs, from aut + telos end more at telos Date: circa 1901 having a purpose in and not apart from itself …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • autotelic — autotelism, n. /aw teuh tel ik/, adj. Philos. (of an entity or event) having within itself the purpose of its existence or happening. Cf. heterotelic. [1900 05; AUTO 1 + TELIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • autotelic — adjective a) An entity or event has within itself its own meaning or purpose. b) In literature or art, a work, having been created, that is self justifying. Poems with a unified rhetorical device to frame the poem in a singular idea. See Also:… …   Wiktionary

  • autotelic — Denoting those traits closely associated with the central purposes of an individual. [auto + G. telos, end, completeness, purpose] …   Medical dictionary

  • autotelic — adj. contains within it the purpose of existence (Philosophy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autotelic — [ˌɔ:tə(ʊ) tɛlɪk] adjective (of an activity or a creative work) having an end or purpose in itself. Origin early 20th cent.: from auto 1 + Gk telos end + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • autotelic — au·to·tel·ic …   English syllables

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