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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Definitions for aleatory

  1. of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable: an aleatory element.
  2. Law. depending on a contingent event: an aleatory contract.
  3. Music. employing the element of chance in the choice of tones, rests, durations, rhythms, dynamics, etc.

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Citations for aleatory
...it was not a matter of reduction at all, but—perversely—of expansion, the aleatory flutter of uncontrolled, metastatic growth… David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, 1996
[Man] is supposed to love happiness; it is my contention that he rather loves excitement. Danger, enterprise, hope, the novel, the aleatory, are dearer to man than regular meals. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Day After To-morrow, 1866
Origin of aleatory
1685-1695
Hailing from the Latin word meaning "the dice" or "chance" alea, aleatory first surfaced in English in the late seventeenth century.