teleology

Part of speech: noun

The doctrine of design in nature, which holds that everything is made for some special purpose.

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Usage examples "teleology":

  1. These have been called the law of Unconscious Teleology, and the law of Reversed Effort. - "The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day", Evelyn Underhill.
  2. And no doubt it is quite true that the doctrine of Evolution is the most formidable opponent of all the commoner and coarser forms of Teleology. - "Critiques and Addresses", Thomas Henry Huxley.
  3. But the time had not come for emancipation from the old teleology. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.