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aleatory

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adjective ale·a·to·ry \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of aleatory

  1. 1 :  depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss <an aleatory contract>

  2. 2 :  relating to luck and especially to bad luck

  3. 3 :  aleatoric



Did You Know?

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


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aleatory

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adjective ale·a·to·ry \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of aleatory

  1. :  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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