Definition of means–end in US English:

means–end

(also means-end, means–ends)

adjective

  • Of or relating both to the means of achieving a result and to the result itself, considered in relation to each other.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Philosophical Review. From the plural of mean + end.

Pronunciation

means–end

/ˈmiːnz ɛnd/