facial tics and other unconscious movements that one would not normally call purposive actions
Recent Examples on the WebSporadic outbursts of feeling are converted into purposive and unremitting activity.
Aldous Huxley, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 In this sense, history is not only rational but also providential: designed, purposive, teleological.
James Wood, The New Yorker, 25 May 2020
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