Equifinality

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Equifinality is the principle that in open systems a given end state can be reached by many potential means.  Some systems have more than one pathway or process for achieving a given goal. This increases the likelihood that the system will achieve its goal under varying environments and circumstances. If one subsystem is damaged, or if environmental circumstances change significantly, the presence of multiple mechanisms or pathways thereby increases the likelihood that the varying conditions can be adapted to or overcome.

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