MEANING: adjective: Having a purpose, motivation, or meaning in itself; not driven by external factors.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek auto- (self) + telos (end). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which also gave us colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, telic, entelechy, talisman, col, and accolade. Earliest documented use: 1864.

AUTOTELLIC - car with built-in reporting to the police whenever you exceed the speed limit

Au HOTELIC - very posh lodgings, with all gold fixtures

AUTHOTELIC - the final chapter in a long story, such as Homer's Iliad or Odyssey