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1. Pertaining to teleonomy.
2. In psychology, pertaining to those patterns of behavior that are a function of an inferred purpose or motive; for example, a child's behavior pattern may be classified teleonomically by an observer as attention-getting.
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(tĕl″ē-ŏn′ō-mē) [″ + nomos, law]
The concept that, in an organism or animal, the existence of a structure, capability, or function indicates that it had survival value.
teleonomic (tĕl″ē-ō-nŏm′ĭk), adjective
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Again, we may and should take this goal as teleonomic, not teleological, whatever Hegel's own wider metaphysical commitments may be.
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However, these approaches cannot lead to a unifying theory of information for the simple reason that they are blind to the functional (teleonomic) basis of information in living (and human) systems, as Shannon acknowledged.
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