teleology

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noun tel·e·ol·o·gy \ ˌte-lē-ˈä-lə-jē , ˌtē- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of teleology

1 a :the study of evidences of design in nature
b :a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in nature
c :a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes
2 :the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose
3 :the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena

teleologist

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Origin and Etymology of teleology

New Latin teleologia, from Greek tele-, telos end, purpose + -logia -logy — more at wheel


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teleology

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noun te·le·ol·o·gy \ ˌtel-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē , ˌtēl- \

medical Definition of teleology

plural teleologies
1 a :the study of evidences of design in nature
b :a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in nature
c :a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes
2 :the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose
3 :the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena

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