Teleology meaning

tĕlē-ŏlə-jē, tēlē-
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The use of ultimate purpose or design as a means of explaining phenomena.
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The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design.
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Belief in or the perception of purposeful development toward an end, as in history.
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The study of final causes.
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The fact or quality, attributed to natural processes, of being directed toward a definite end or of having an ultimate purpose.
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The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design.
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The use of ultimate purpose or design as a means of explaining phenomena.
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(philosophy) The study of the purpose or design of natural occurrences.
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(by extension) An instance of such a design or purpose, usually in natural phenomena.
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The use of a non-natural purpose or design to explain an occurrence.
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Origin of teleology

  • Greek teleios, teleos perfect, complete (from telos end, result kwel-1 in Indo-European roots) –logy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek τέλος (telos, “purpose") + λόγος (logos, “word, speech, discourse")

    From Wiktionary