telic

adjective te·lic \ ˈte-lik , ˈtē- \

Definition of telic

1 : tending toward an end or outcome
2 of verbs : characterizing an action that moves toward a goal

telically

play \ˈte-li-k(ə-)lē, ˈtē-\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of telic

Greek telikos, from telos end — more at telos


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