teleological

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adjective tel·e·o·log·i·cal \ˌte-lē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌtē-\

Definition of teleological

  1. :  exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature

teleologically

play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Teleological (which comes to us by way of New Latin from the Greek root tele-, telos, meaning "end or purpose") and its close relative teleology both entered English in the 18th century, followed by teleologist in the 19th century. Teleology has the basic meaning of "the study of ends or purposes." A teleologist attempts to understand the purpose of something by looking at its results. A teleological philosopher might argue that we should judge whether an act is good or bad by seeing if it produces a good or bad result, and a teleological explanation of evolutionary changes claims that all such changes occur for a definite purpose.

1798

First Known Use of teleological

1798

Variants of teleological

less commonly

teleologic

play \-ˈlä-jik\

Medical Dictionary

teleological

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adjective te·le·o·log·i·cal \ˌtel-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl, ˌtēl-\

Medical Definition of teleological

  1. :  exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature

teleologically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

Variants of teleological

also

teleologic

\-ˈläj-ik\play

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