Dysteleology Dys*te`le*ol"o*gy, n. [Pref. dys- + teleology.] (Biol.) The doctrine of purposelessness; a term applied by Haeckel to that branch of physiology which treats of rudimentary organs, in view of their being useless to the life of the organism. [1913 Webster]

To the doctrine of dysteleology, or the denial of final causes, a proof of the real existence of such a thing as instinct must necessarily be fatal. --Word (Dynamic Sociology). [1913 Webster] ||

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