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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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  • Yet with respect to the principle of indeterminacy relating does not necessarily imply acting.
  • It made instability, indeterminacy and multiple points of view staples of modern art.
  • The indeterminacy is built into the emotion of the moment.
  • The author has attempted to define the term more specifically than as an instance of indeterminacy.
  • Additional sources of stress are the indeterminacy of prison sentences and long exposure to the noxious features of prison life.
Word Origin and History for indeterminacy
n.

1640s, see indeterminate + -acy.

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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