- the end term of a goal-directed process; especially, the Aristotelian final cause.
Origin of telos
1900–05; < Greek télos; cf. tele-2
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1904, from Greek telos "the end" (see tele-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper