Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Directed or tending toward a goal or purpose; purposeful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. expressing end or purpose.
  • adj. perfective aspect.
  • adj. tending towards a goal or definite end.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Denoting the final end or purpose, as distinguished from ecbatic. See ecbatic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noting a final end or purpose. See ecbatic.

Etymologies

Greek telikos, from telos, end; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek τελῐκός (telikos, "final"), from τέλος (telos, "end"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Wonder why they use the word telic as opposed to God?

    Dawkins Misrepresents Konner

  • Presumably, since society is incapable of "telic" action, the implication is that some benevolent organization (perhaps the Socialist Party?) is required to do so.

    Telic Action and Collective Stupidity: A Rare Jack London Essay

  • I ask you this Rock, how do you suggest those titles should have been phrased to avoid anything someone like you would consider "telic"?

    A Tetrahymena Puzzle

  • Or that any fitness function what-so-ever is "telic" because, for example, survival can be described as a "goal" even though no "purpose" or "intent" is required to meet that goal?

    Deep Homology and Longevity

  • I am inflammatory and satirical, etc., but also smart enough to know the difference between "telic" and "non-telic," Todd Berkebile.

    Deep Homology and Longevity

  • Why do you think that quote from Darwin is "telic" Are you claiming "perfection" is an intelligently selected goal?

    Deep Homology and Longevity

  • Doug writes: "She went from 'telic' to 'intelligent design' to 'creationism' to 'teaching religious doctrine in schools' embarrassingly in record time" – again, something I completely agree with.

    A Case of Mistaken Identity?

  • She went from 'telic' to 'intelligent design' to 'creationism' to 'teaching religious doctrine in schools' embarrassingly in record time.

    A Case of Mistaken Identity?

  • Intelligent Design, if true (of course, it is), would, in the same way, contradict the religion that says that all of life is the result of random processes having no "telic" direction.

    Creationism and Propaganda

  • I like the term "telic" a lot better, but I'm not necessarily convinced that's the best word, either.

    An Introduction

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  • Tending toward a goal; expressing purpose.

    May 20, 2008