subgoal

noun sub·goal \ ˌsəb-ˈgōl \
variants: or sub-goal

Definition of subgoal

plural sub-goals
: a goal that is involved in or secondary to achieving a larger goal
  • … it would probably also be a mistake to make robots in which subgoals would interfere with the main goals.
  • —John McCarthy
  • This is, in effect, the question of how relatively broad nonoperational goals are broken down into more specific and concrete operational goals and subgoals.
  • —Lyman W. Porter et al.

First Known Use of subgoal

1932

in the meaning defined above

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