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If you're the gambling type, then chances are good you've come across aleatory in your travels. Deriving from the Latin noun alea, which refers to a kind of dice game, aleatory was first used in English in the late 17th century to describe things that are dependent on uncertain odds, much like a roll of the dice. The term now describes things that occur by sheer chance or accident, such as the unlucky bounce of a golf shot or the unusual shape of an ink blot. Going a bit further, the term aleatory music, or chance music, describes a musical composition in which certain parts are left for the performer to concoct through improvisation.
Origin of aleatory
Latin aleatorius of a gambler, from aleator gambler, from alea a dice game
First Known Use: 1693
Rhymes with aleatory
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Legal Definition of aleatory
: depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss <the aleatory nature of a lawyer's contingency fee arrangement>
Origin of aleatory
Latin aleatorius of a gambler, from aleator gambler, dice player, from alea, a dice game
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