[ tel-ee-on-uh-mee, tee-lee‐ ]
/ ˌtɛl iˈɒn ə mi, ˌti li‐ /


Biology. the principle that the body's structures and functions serve an overall purpose, as in assuring the survival of the organism.

Nearby words

  1. teleobjective lens,
  2. teleological,
  3. teleological argument,
  4. teleology,
  5. teleomitosis,
  6. teleopsia,
  7. teleorganic,
  8. teleost,
  9. telepath,
  10. telepathic

Origin of teleonomy

1955–60; teleo- + -nomy

Related formstel·e·o·nom·ic [tel-ee-uh-nom-ik, tee-lee‐] /tɛl i əˈnɒm ɪk, ˌti li‐/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019