in·​de·​ter·​mi·​na·​cy | \ ˌin-di-ˈtərm-nə-sē How to pronounce indeterminacy (audio) , -ˈtər-mə- \

Definition of indeterminacy

: the quality or state of being indeterminate

Examples of indeterminacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pendleton, 38, whose work often incorporates language layered like a palimpsest, finds his artistic connection to Simone in a shared commitment to the complexity, at times the indeterminacy, of voice. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 How many people, generally unmotivated to learn, find their way to a concept as intimidating as, say, quantum indeterminacy by way of the (far more welcoming) simulation argument? Jason Kehe, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 The indeterminacy of the paintings extends to Kurant’s practice as a whole. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Again the concept isn’t clear, but its indeterminacy offers a convenient vessel for pouring in propaganda about race and ethnicity. John O. Mcginnis, WSJ, 15 July 2021 That feeling of indeterminacy is, of course, the very allure of an alcoholic buzz. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2020 Fiocre more mysterious and suggesting the indeterminacy of the backstage world. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2020 The team is now researching perceptions of aleatory uncertainty — unknowns about the future due to randomness, indeterminacy, chance or luck. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2020 Could the underlying cause of quantum indeterminacy be deterministic chaos at some much smaller subquantum scale? Quanta Magazine, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of indeterminacy

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indeterminacy was in 1649

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“Indeterminacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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