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[tel-os, tee-los]
noun, plural te·loi [tel-oi, tee-loi] /ˈtɛl ɔɪ, ˈti lɔɪ/.
  1. the end term of a goal-directed process; especially, the Aristotelian final cause.
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Origin of telos

1900–05; < Greek télos; cf. tele-2
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Examples from the Web for telos

Historical Examples of telos

  • He did not know what Telos meant; thought it was not Indian.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Syntelic" (from the Greek telos, end) means that ends are shared.


    Robert Marett

  • Pinus resinosa (red pine), Telos and Grand Lake, a little afterwards here and there.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Chalcia is distant from Telos 80, from Carpathus 400 stadia, and about double this number from Astypalæa.

  • Nisyrus lies to the north of Telos, at the distance of about 60 stadia, which is its distance also from Cos.

Word Origin and History for telos


1904, from Greek telos "the end" (see tele-).

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