| Definition -
The property of a statement such that it indicates whether an action or event is complete in some way.
1. In contrast, the property of a statement such that it indicates whether an action or event is incomplete in some way is called atelicity.
2. A statement having this property is said to be telic, whereas a statement that presents the action or event as being incomplete is said to be atelic.
(1) One way to test whether the verbal statement is telic is to see whether a phrase like in an hour - which indicates that an act has been completed - works with it, e.g.
(2) Alternatively, a way to gauge whether the verbal statement is atelic is to see whether a phrase like for a month - which indicates that an act is incomplete - can be used with it.
Etymology - The term derives from the Greek telos, end or goal.