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[dis-tel-ee-ol-uh-jee, -tee-lee-]
  1. Philosophy. a doctrine denying the existence of a final cause or purpose.
  2. the assumed absence of purpose in life or nature.
  3. the evasion or frustration of a natural or normal function or purpose.
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Origin of dysteleology

1870–75; < German Dysteleologie; see dys-, teleology
Related formsdys·tel·e·o·log·i·cal [dis-tel-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, -tee-lee-] /ˌdɪs tɛl i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -ti li-/, adjectivedys·tel·e·ol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples of dysteleology

  • I confess, however, that it has often appeared to me that the facts of Dysteleology cut two ways.

    The Philosophy of Natural Theology

    William Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for dysteleology


  1. philosophy the denial of purpose in lifeCompare teleology
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Derived Formsdysteleological, adjectivedysteleologist, noun
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