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telic

[tel-ik, tee-lik] /ˈtɛl ɪk, ˈti lɪk/
adjective
1.
Grammar. expressing end or purpose:
a telic conjunction.
2.
tending to a definite end.
Origin of telic
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek telikós pertaining to an end or cause. See tel-2, -ic
Related forms
telically, adverb
nontelic, adjective
untelic, adjective
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  • Hence the supernatural and telic forces, to which the scientist had had recourse, have been rendered superfluous.

  • Certain families may definitely determine to modify their habits, and within a few years accomplish a telic change.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • telic character or purposiveness and fixity are like oil and water.

    The Will to Doubt Alfred H. Lloyd
  • He has learned the futility of telic endeavor, and knows the delight of drifting along with the whimsicalities of Chance.

    The Road Jack London
  • Purposive progress rather than unconscious, telic rather than genetic, is the order of the evolution of society.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
British Dictionary definitions for telic

telic

/ˈtɛlɪk/
adjective
1.
directed or moving towards some goal; purposeful
2.
(of a clause or phrase) expressing purpose
Word Origin
C19: from Greek telikos final, from telos end
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Word Origin and History for telic
adj.

1846, from Greek telikos "final," from telos (see tele-).

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