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indeterminism

[in-di-tur-muh-niz-uh m] /ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm/
noun, Philosophy
1.
the doctrine that human actions, though influenced somewhat by preexisting psychological and other conditions, are not entirely governed by them but retain a certain freedom and spontaneity.
2.
the theory that the will is to some extent independent of the strength of motives, or may itself modify their strength in choice.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; in-3 + determinism
Related forms
indeterminist, noun, adjective
indeterministic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in-determinism

indeterminism

/ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
Derived Forms
indeterminist, noun, adjective
indeterministic, adjective
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