noun \ˌtel-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌtēl-\
plural te·le·ol·o·gies

Definition of TELEOLOGY

a : the study of evidences of design in nature b : a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in nature c : a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes
: the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose
: the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena

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