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finalism

[ fahyn-l-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈfaɪn lˌɪz əm /
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noun

the doctrine or belief that all events are determined by their purposes or goals.

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Origin of finalism

First recorded in 1905–10; final + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for finalism

finalism
/ (ˈfaɪnəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

philosophy the doctrine that final causes determine the course of all events

Derived forms of finalism

finalistic, adjective
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