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telic

[ tel-ik, tee-lik ]
/ ˈtɛl ɪk, ˈti lɪk /
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adjective
Grammar. expressing end or purpose: a telic conjunction.
tending to a definite end.
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Origin of telic

First recorded in 1840–50, telic is from the Greek word telikós pertaining to an end or cause. See tel-2, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM telic

tel·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·ic, adjectiveun·tel·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for telic

telic
/ (ˈtɛlɪk) /

adjective
directed or moving towards some goal; purposeful
(of a clause or phrase) expressing purpose

Word Origin for telic

C19: from Greek telikos final, from telos end
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