Definitions

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

  • n. The end of a goal-oriented process.

Etymologies

Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We see this over-arching teleological from the Greek word telos or goal understanding of the human good present in the following statement that De Roover makes concerning the teaching of St. Antonino:

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  • 'Teleology' is derived from the Greek word telos, which means 'end.

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  • Derived from the Greek word telos, which refers to purpose or end, this argument hinges on the idea that the world gives evidence of being designed, and concludes that a divine designer must be posited to account for the orderly world we encounter.

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  • "We must also conclude that the Dionysian telos is inherent in any archetypal situation or image,"

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  • The sign of the telos is the setting up of "the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet."

    Commentary on Revelation

  • These stages eventually reach the "telos" (Greek for "end") of self-understanding, and we aren't free to understand reality until Geist comes to know itself.

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  • When someone who accepts modern biology says that non-abortifacient contraception is unnatural, they are referring to the telos of an action, primarily, and not a person, or they refer to a person only in the sense in which their telos is subject to the "telos" of the action.

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  • Within Orthodoxy the "telos" of the given act is derivative of the telos of the person or persons involved.

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  • We are not meant to serve the "telos" of a given act.

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  • a gradual unfolding of the capacities inherent in man's nature, a process which proceeds in orderly fashion toward its telos, which is the realization of human nature in all its fullness and perfection.

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