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aleatory adjective [EY-lee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, AL-ee-] of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable: an aleatory element.
Definitions for aleatory
- of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable: an aleatory element.
- Law. depending on a contingent event: an aleatory contract.
- 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…
[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.
Origin of aleatory
Hailing from the Latin word meaning "the dice" or "chance" alea, aleatory first surfaced in English in the late seventeenth century.