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telos

[tel-os, tee-los] /ˈtɛl ɒs, ˈti lɒs/
noun, plural teloi
[tel-oi, tee-loi] /ˈtɛl ɔɪ, ˈti lɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the end term of a goal-directed process; especially, the Aristotelian final cause.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < Greek télos; cf. tele-2
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Examples from the web for telos
  • They must debate the telos, or ultimate purpose, of marital unions.
  • There's nothing worse than a product that has reached its telos, its design endpoint.
  • The ideas of social progress and telos go hand in hand.
Word Origin and History for telos
n.

1904, from Greek telos "the end" (see tele-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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telos in Technology

1. The LeLisp Version 16 Object System. Also used in EuLisp. The object-oriented core of EuLisp. Incorporates ideas from CLOS, ObjVLisp and OakLisp. Total merging of types with classes and message-passing with normal function application.
2. A Pascal-based AI language.
["Design Rationale for TELOS, a Pascal-based AI Language", Travis et al, SIGPLAN Notices 12(8) (Aug 1977)].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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