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 telic (audio) , ˈtē-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of telic

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for telic

Greek telikos, from telos end — more at telos

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“Telic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telic. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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