subgoal

noun
sub·​goal | \ ˌsəb-ˈgōl How to pronounce subgoal (audio) \
variants: or sub-goal
plural sub-goals

Definition of subgoal

: 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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