Learned borrowing from Ancient Greek ἀποτελεσματικός (apotelesmatikós), from ἀποτέλεσμα (apotélesma, effect of the stars on human destiny). Morphologically, from apotelesm +‎ -atic.


apotelesmatic (comparative more apotelesmatic, superlative most apotelesmatic)

  1. (obsolete, astrology) Relating to the casting of horoscopes.
    • 1837, William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences
      It will easily be supposed that when this apotelesmatic or judicial astrology obtained firm possession of men's minds, it would be pursued into innumerable subtle distinctions and extravagant conceits
  2. Relating to an issue of fulfilment.
    • 1852, Moses Stuart, "Observations on Matthew 24:29-31", in The Bibliotheca Sacra and American Biblical Repository July 1852
      In this way a passage in the Old Testament may have, or rather comprise, an apotelesmatic sense, i. e., one of after or final accomplishment.

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apotelesmatic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913