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[tel-os, tee-los] /ˈtɛl ɒs, ˈti lɒs/
noun, plural teloi
[tel-oi, tee-loi] /ˈtɛl ɔɪ, ˈti lɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
the end term of a goal-directed process; especially, the Aristotelian final cause.
Origin of telos
1900-05; < Greek télos; cf. tele-2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nisyrus lies to the north of telos, at the distance of about 60 stadia, which is its distance also from Cos.

  • He did not know what telos meant; thought it was not Indian.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • Pinus resinosa (red pine), telos and Grand Lake, a little afterwards here and there.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • Chalcia is distant from telos 80, from Carpathus 400 stadia, and about double this number from Astypalæa.

  • "Syntelic" (from the Greek telos, end) means that ends are shared.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
Word Origin and History for telos

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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