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.

Nearby words

  1. heterosuggestion,
  2. heterotactic,
  3. heterotaxia,
  4. heterotaxic,
  5. heterotaxis,
  6. heterothallic,
  7. heterotonia,
  8. heterotopia,
  9. heterotransplant,
  10. heterotransplantation

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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