a the doctrine that there is evidence of purpose or design in the universe, and esp. that this provides proof of the existence of a Designer
b the belief that certain phenomena are best explained in terms of purpose rather than cause
c the systematic study of such phenomena, (See also)
2 (Biology) the belief that natural phenomena have a predetermined purpose and are not determined by mechanical laws
(C18: from New Latin teleologia, from Greek telos end + -logy)
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