teleonomy

noun
tel·​e·​on·​o·​my | \ ˌte-lē-ˈä-nə-mē How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) , ˌtē- \

Definition of teleonomy

: the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms due to evolutionary adaptation

Other Words from teleonomy

teleonomic \ ˌte-​lē-​ə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) , ˌtē-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of teleonomy

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teleonomy

teleo- (as in teleology) + -nomy

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“Teleonomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teleonomy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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teleonomy

noun
te·​le·​on·​o·​my | \ ˌtel-ē-ˈän-ə-mē How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) , ˌtēl- How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) \
plural teleonomies

Medical Definition of teleonomy

: the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms that derives from their evolutionary adaptation

Other Words from teleonomy

teleonomic \ ˌtel-​ē-​ə-​ˈnäm-​ik How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) , ˌtēl-​ How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) \ adjective

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