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indeterminacy

[in-di-tur-muh-nuh-see] /ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr mə nə si/
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being indeterminate; indetermination.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; indetermin(ate) + -acy
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indeterminacy

n.

1640s, see indeterminate + -acy.

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indeterminacy

in literature, the multiplicity of possible interpretations of given textual elements. The term was given its literary meaning by deconstruction theorists. Indeterminacy is similar to ambiguity as described by the New Critics, but it is applied by its practitioners not only to literature but also to the interpretation of texts.

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