Definition of telesis in US English:

telesis

noun

Sociology
  • Intelligent direction of effort towards the achievement of a goal or end.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Lester Frank Ward (1841–1913). From ancient Greek -τελεσις (only attested in compounds, e.g. ἐπιτέλεσις completion, Hellenistic Greek ἀποτέλεσις production) from τελεῖν to finish, complete + -σις.

Pronunciation

telesis

/ˈtɛlɪsɪs/