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teleonomy

[tel-ee-on-uh-mee, tee-lee‐] /ˌtɛl iˈɒn ə mi, ˌti li‐/
noun
1.
Biology. the principle that the body's structures and functions serve an overall purpose, as in assuring the survival of the organism.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; teleo- + -nomy
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[tel-ee-uh-nom-ik, tee-lee‐] /tɛl i əˈnɒm ɪk, ˌti li‐/ (Show IPA),
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