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teleology (n.)

"study of final causes," 1740, from Modern Latin teleologia, coined 1728 by German philosopher Baron Christian von Wolff (1679-1754) from Greek teleos "entire, perfect, complete," genitive of telos "end, goal, result" (see telos), + -logia (see -logy). Related: Teleologist; teleological.

updated on April 25, 2017

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Definitions of teleology from WordNet

teleology (n.)
(philosophy) a doctrine explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes;
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