teleonomic
adjective see teleonomy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • teleonomic — adjective Of or pertaining to teleonomy …   Wiktionary

  • teleonomic — 1. Pertaining to teleonomy. 2. In psychology, pertaining to those patterns of behavior that are a function of an inferred purpose or motive; e.g., a child s behavior pattern may be classified teleonomically by an observer as attention getting. *… …   Medical dictionary

  • teleonomic — adj. of or pertaining to teleonomy, having a structure or intrinsic ability that serves a larger purpose (i.e. helping an organism survive) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • teleonomic — tele·o·nom·ic …   English syllables

  • teleonomic — adjective see teleonomy * * * teleonomˈic adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑teleonomy …   Useful english dictionary

  • teleonomy — teleonomic /tel ee euh nom ik, tee lee /, adj. /tel ee on euh mee, tee lee /, n. Biol. the principle that the body s structures and functions serve an overall purpose, as in assuring the survival of the organism. [1955 60; TELEO + NOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • Teleonomy — is the quality of apparent purposefulness and of goal directedness of structures and functions in living organisms that derive from their evolutionary history and adaptation for reproductive success. The term was coined to stand in contrast with… …   Wikipedia

  • teleonomy — noun Etymology: teleo (as in teleology) + nomy Date: 1958 the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms due to evolutionary adaptation • teleonomic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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