Definition of autotelic in English:

autotelic

Pronunciation /ˌôdōˈtelik/ /ˌɔdoʊˈtɛlɪk/

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adjective

formal
  • (of an activity or a creative work) having an end or purpose in itself.

    ‘If the poem is an autotelic entity, an end-in-itself, then sound is more important.’
    • ‘Stevens's autotelic and monological poem is not permitted to stand alone.’
    • ‘Art's emancipation from its autotelic confinement reappropriates ‘the product of art [which] is the tool for the direct or indirect social action.’’

Origin

Mid 19th century from auto-‘self’ + Greek telos ‘end’+ -ic.