ale·​a·​tor·​ic ˌā-lē-ə-ˈtȯr-ik How to pronounce aleatoric (audio)
: characterized by chance or indeterminate elements
aleatoric music

Examples of aleatoric in a Sentence

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Word History


Latin aleatorius

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aleatoric was in 1921

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“Aleatoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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