teleology

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noun tel·e·ol·o·gy \ˌte-lē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌtē-\

Definition of teleology

  1. 1a :  the study of evidences of design in natureb :  a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in naturec :  a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes

  2. 2 :  the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose

  3. 3 :  the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena

teleologist

play \-jist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of teleology

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


First Known Use: 1740


Medical Dictionary

teleology

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

Medical Definition of teleology

plural

teleologies

  1. 1a:  the study of evidences of design in natureb:  a doctrine (as in vitalism) that ends are immanent in naturec:  a doctrine explaining phenomena by final causes

  2. 2:  the fact or character attributed to nature or natural processes of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose

  3. 3:  the use of design or purpose as an explanation of natural phenomena


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