telesis
noun (plural teleses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, fulfillment, from telein to complete, from telos end — more at telos Date: 1896 progress that is intelligently planned and directed ; the attainment of desired ends by the application of intelligent human effort to the means

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  • telesis — ☆ telesis [tel′ə sis ] n. [ModL < Gr telein, to fulfill, complete < telos, an end: see TELO 2] the purposeful use of natural and social forces; planned progress …   English World dictionary

  • Telesis — The word telesis was coined by the American sociologist Lester Frank Ward, often referred to as the Father of American Sociology , in the late 19th century. Telesis is the theory of planned social progress, where mankind, using the power of… …   Wikipedia

  • telesis — /tel euh sis/, n. Sociol. deliberate, purposeful utilization of the processes of nature and society to obtain particular goals. [1895 1900; < Gk télesis completion] * * * …   Universalium

  • telesis — tel•e•sis [[t]ˈtɛl ə sɪs[/t]] n. soc purposeful utilization of the processes of nature and society to attain particular social goals • Etymology: 1895–1900; < Gk télesis completion, der. oftele , var. s. ofteleînto complete …   From formal English to slang

  • telesis — noun The intelligent planning of the means to achieve a desired end …   Wiktionary

  • telesis — A goal to be attained by planned conduct. [G. telos, end, + osis, condition] …   Medical dictionary

  • telesis — n. purposefulness, deliberateness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • telesis — tel·e·sis …   English syllables

  • telesis — /ˈtɛləsəs/ (say teluhsuhs) noun Sociology deliberate, purposeful utilisation of the processes of nature and society to obtain particular goals. {Greek: completion} …   Australian English dictionary

  • telesis — …   Useful english dictionary

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