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Wednesday, January 5

Telos

[TEL-ahs]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, 300 BCE

1.

An ultimate object or aim.

Examples of Telos in a sentence

"Helen’s telos was to earn her Ph.D in chemistry."

"At this early stage, the nonprofit doesn’t seem to have a telos."

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About Telos

This word comes from the Greek “telos,” meaning "the end, limit, goal, fulfillment, completion.” It is possibly akin to Greek “tellein,” meaning to accomplish.

Did you Know?

Aristotle is often linked with the term “telos.” This philosopher linked ethics and politics with the idea of telos; according to him, everything has a purpose or final end. So if we want to understand what something is, it must be understood in terms of the telos, which humans can uncover through diligent study.

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