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tel·e·ol·o·gy

 (tĕl′ē-ŏl′ə-jē, tē′lē-)
n. pl. tel·e·ol·o·gies
1. The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design.
2. The use of ultimate purpose or design as a means of explaining phenomena.
3. Belief in or the perception of purposeful development toward an end, as in history.

[Greek teleios, teleos, perfect, complete (from telos, end, result; see kwel- in Indo-European roots) + -logy.]

tel′e·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl), tel′e·o·log′ic (-ĭk) adj.
tel′e·o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
tel′e·ol′o·gist n.
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teleology

(ˌtɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ; ˌtiːlɪ-)
n
1. (Philosophy) 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. the systematic study of such phenomena. See also final cause
2. (Philosophy) 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, ˌteleoˈlogic adj
ˌteleoˈlogically adv
ˌteleˈologism n
ˌteleˈologist n
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tel•e•ol•o•gy

(ˌtɛl iˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌti li-)

n.
1. the doctrine that final causes exist.
2. the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
3. such design or purpose.
4. the belief that purpose and design are a part of or are apparent in nature.
5. (in vitalist philosophy) the doctrine that phenomena are guided not only by mechanical forces but that they also move toward certain goals of self-realization.
[1730–40; < New Latin teleologia (1728); see teleo-]
tel`e•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) tel`e•o•log′ic, adj.
tel`e•o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.
tel`e•ol′o•gist, n.
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teleology

- The study of design in nature; the word's basic meaning is "the study of ends or purposes"—attempts to understand the purpose of a natural occurrence by looking at its results.
See also related terms for purposes.
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teleology

1. the doctrine that final causes (purposes) exist.
2. the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
3. such a design or purpose.
4. the belief that purpose and design are a part of or apparent in nature.
5. Vitalism. the doctrine that phenomena are guided by both mechanical forces and goals of self-realization. Cf. entelechy.teleologist, n.teleologie, teleological, adj.
See also: Philosophy
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teleology

The philosophical doctrine of final causes, or the interpretation of things in terms of purpose.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teleology - (philosophy) a doctrine explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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teleology

[ˌtelɪˈɒlədʒɪ] Nteleología f
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teleology

nTeleologie f
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teleology

[ˌtɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ] nteleologia
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