heterotelic

[ het-er-uh-tel-ik, -tee-lik ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈtɛl ɪk, -ˈti lɪk /

adjective

(of an entity or event) having the purpose of its existence or occurrence outside of or apart from itself.
Compare autotelic.

Origin of heterotelic

First recorded in 1900–05; hetero- + tel-2 + -ic
Related formshet·er·o·tel·ism, noun
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