[tel-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, tee-lee-]
- of or relating to teleology, the philosophical doctrine that final causes, design, and purpose exist in nature.
Origin of teleological
- the doctrine that final causes exist.
- the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
- such design or purpose.
- the belief that purpose and design are a part of or are apparent in nature.
- (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.
Origin of teleology
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Examples from the Web for teleologic
It appears to me just as teleologic and divinatory as those I have previously named.An Ethnologist's View of History
Daniel G. Brinton
Moreover, they are dynamic with the same reality and teleologic for the same end.
Mr. Buckle might probably inquire whether we would eliminate wholly from history all philosophic aim, all teleologic purpose.Nineteenth Century Questions
James Freeman Clarke
In words used before, and applied alike to the spiritual and the material, it is at once dynamic and teleologic.
- 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
- the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
- the systematic study of such phenomenaSee also final cause
- 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
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Word Origin and History for teleologic
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