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Purpose is the end for which something is done, created or for which it exists. It is part of the topic of intentionality and goal-seeking behavior.

Related concepts and subjects:

  • Goal, a desired result or possible outcome
  • Intention, the state of intending something or the action intended
  • Motivation, a driving factor for actions, willingness, and goals
  • Determination or resolve
  • Purpose clause, in grammar a dependent adverbial clause expressing purpose
  • Purpose of life, questions regarding the significance of living or existence in general
  • Teleology, the philosophical attempt to describe things in terms of their apparent purpose or goal
  • Teleonomy, the apparent purposefulness of structures and functions in living organisms




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