Definition of teleological in US English:

teleological

(also teleologic)

adjective

Philosophy
  • 1Relating to or involving the explanation of phenomena in terms of the purpose they serve rather than of the cause by which they arise.

    ‘teleological narratives of progress’
    1. 1.1Theology Relating to the doctrine of design and purpose in the material world.
      ‘a teleological view of nature’
      ‘teleological arguments for God's existence’

Pronunciation

teleological

/ˈˌtelēəˈläjəkəl/