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(tel′ē ol′ə jē, tē′lē-),USA pronunciation n. [Philos.]
(tel′ē ə loj′i kəl, tē′lē-),USA pronunciation tel′e•o•log′ic, adj.
- Philosophythe doctrine that final causes exist.
- Philosophythe study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature.
- Philosophysuch design or purpose.
- Philosophythe belief that purpose and design are a part of or are apparent in nature.
- Philosophy(in vitalist philosophy) the doctrine that phenomena are guided not only by mechanical forces but that they also move toward certain goals of self-realization.
- Neo-Latin teleologia. See teleo-, -logy
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teleology /ˌtɛlɪˈɒlədʒɪ ˌtiːlɪ-/ n
Etymology: 18th Century: from New Latin teleologia, from Greek telos end + -logyteleological /ˌtɛlɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl ˌtiːlɪ-/ adj ˌteleˈologist n
- 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
- the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
- the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws
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