[ dis-tel-ee-ol-uh-jee, -tee-lee- ]
/ ˌdɪs tɛl iˈɒl ə dʒi, -ti li- /


Philosophy. a doctrine denying the existence of a final cause or purpose.
the assumed absence of purpose in life or nature.
the evasion or frustration of a natural or normal function or purpose.

Origin of dysteleology

1870–75; < German Dysteleologie; see dys-, teleology

OTHER WORDS FROM dysteleology

dys·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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British Dictionary definitions for dysteleology

/ (ˌdɪstɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ, -tiːlɪ-) /


philosophy the denial of purpose in lifeCompare teleology

Derived forms of dysteleology

dysteleological, adjectivedysteleologist, noun
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