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teleology /ˌtɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ ˌtiːlɪ-/ n
  1. the doctrine that there is evidence of purpose or design in the universe, and esp that this provides proof of the existence of a Designer
  2. the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
  3. the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws
Etymology: 18th Century: from New Latin teleologia, from Greek telos end + -logy

teleological /ˌtɛlɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl ˌtiːlɪ-/ adj ˌteleˈologist n

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