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teleology

Pronunciation: tel'e-ol'o-je

Definition: The philosophic doctrine according to which events, especially in biology, are explained in part by reference to final causes or end goals; the doctrine that goals or end states have a causal influence on present events and that the future as well as the past affect the present.

[G. telos, end, + logos, study]

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