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teleological

[tel-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, tee-lee-] /ˌtɛl i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌti li-/
adjective, Philosophy
1.
of or relating to teleology, the philosopical doctrine that final causes, design, and purpose exist in nature.
Sometimes, teleologic.
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teleologically, adverb
nonteleological, adjective
nonteleologically, adverb
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Examples from the web for teleological
  • 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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