heterotelic

heterotelic

[het-er-uh-tel-ik, -tee-lik]
adjective
(of an entity or event) having the purpose of its existence or occurrence outside of or apart from itself.
Compare autotelic.


Origin:
1900–05; hetero- + tel-2 + -ic

heterotelism, noun
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