emergent property

Main Entry:  emergent property
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any unique property that "emerges" when component objects are joined together in constraining relations to "construct" a higher-level aggregate object, a novel property that unpredictably comes from a combination of two simpler constituents
Example:  The familiar taste of salt is an emergent property with respect to the sodium and chlorine of which it is composed.
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