Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Teleology

1. any explanation of events in terms of an ultimate purpose served by them; any end-directed process.

2. within the context of anthropology, an approach to the explanation of human history that is often pseudoevolutionary and is always antievolutionary since it denies the opportunism of the evolutionary process; a teleological explanation explains history as the unfolding of a pre-ordained plan.

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