Definition of teleology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌtiːliˈɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtiːliˈɑːlədʒi//
[uncountable, singular] (philosophy)
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the theory that events and developments are meant to achieve a purpose and happen because of that Word Originmid 18th cent. (denoting the branch of philosophy that deals with ends or final causes): from modern Latin teleologia, from Greek telos ‘end’ + -logia (see -logy).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: teleology