teleological

[tel-ee-uh-loj-i-kuhl, tee-lee-]
adjective Philosophy.
of or pertaining to teleology, the philosopical doctrine that final causes, design, and purpose exist in nature.
Sometimes, teleologic.


Origin:
teleolog(y) + -ical

teleologically, adverb
nonteleological, adjective
nonteleologically, adverb
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teleology (ˌtɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ, ˌtiːlɪ-)
 
n
1.  philosophy
 a.  the doctrine that there is evidence of purpose or design in the universe, and esp that this provides proof of the existence of a Designer
 b.  the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
 c.  See also final cause the systematic study of such phenomena
2.  biology the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws
 
[C18: from New Latin teleologia, from Greek telos end + -logy]
 
teleological
 
adj
 
teleo'logic
 
adj
 
teleo'logically
 
adv
 
tele'ologism
 
n
 
tele'ologist
 
n

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Example sentences
Editor doesn't seem to understand the danger of teleological argumentation.
The difference is the teleological philosophy of my argument versus the evolutionary philosophy of his approach.
His approach, on the other hand, is entirely teleological.
Evolution is not the ultra-fine teleological shaping tool people often mistake it to be.
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