telic

adjective
te·​lic | \ ˈte-lik How to pronounce telic (audio) , ˈtē- How to pronounce telic (audio) \

Definition of telic

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

Other Words from telic

telically \ ˈte-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telically (audio) , ˈtē-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of telic

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telic

Greek telikos, from telos end — more at telos

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The first known use of telic was in 1889

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