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  • adjective Not purposive.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ purposive

Examples

  • We might have to give up evolutionary theory, but then we would be constrained by the canons or definition of science to look for a different scientific, i.e., nonpurposive, explanation of the development of life, because science prohibits us from even considering ID as a possible alternative explanation, one whose eligibility would otherwise be enhanced by the rejection of the leading scientific explanation, namely evolutionary theory.

    Darwiniana

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