teleological

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Etymology[edit]

From teleology +‎ -ical.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /tɛliːəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/

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teleological (comparative more teleological, superlative most teleological)

  1. Of or pertaining to teleology; showing evidence of design or purpose.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.19:
      It will be seen that this doctrine is optimistic and teleological: the universe and everything in it is developing towards something continually better than what went before.

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