dysteleology

noun
dys·​teleology | \ "+ \

Definition of dysteleology

1 : absence of purpose in nature especially as manifested in rudimentary or nonfunctional structures also : the doctrine of purposelessness in nature — compare teleology
2a : frustration or evasion of a normal functional end
b : a vestigial organ

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History and Etymology for dysteleology

German dysteleologie, from dys- + teleologie teleology

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“Dysteleology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysteleology. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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