- Grammar. expressing end or purpose: a telic conjunction.
- tending to a definite end.
Origin of telic
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Examples from the Web for telic
Telic character or purposiveness and fixity are like oil and water.The Will to Doubt
Alfred H. Lloyd
Hence the supernatural and telic forces, to which the scientist had had recourse, have been rendered superfluous.
Purposive progress rather than unconscious, telic rather than genetic, is the order of the evolution of society.
Certain families may definitely determine to modify their habits, and within a few years accomplish a telic change.
He has learned the futility of telic endeavor, and knows the delight of drifting along with the whimsicalities of Chance.The Road</p>
- directed or moving towards some goal; purposeful
- (of a clause or phrase) expressing purpose
C19: from Greek telikos final, from telos end
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Word Origin and History for telic
1846, from Greek telikos "final," from telos (see tele-).
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