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 That feeling of indeterminacy is, of course, the very allure of an alcoholic buzz. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: A family finds itself in ‘Minari’," 11 Dec. 2020 Fiocre more mysterious and suggesting the indeterminacy of the backstage world. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Degas at the Opéra’ Review: Painting en Pointe," 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, "Frequently Asked Questions and Advice," 4 Apr. 2020 Could the underlying cause of quantum indeterminacy be deterministic chaos at some much smaller subquantum scale? Quanta Magazine, "Did the Chicken Come First or Is It Turtles All the Way Down?," 6 Feb. 2020 The experiment took quantum indeterminacy to a whole new level. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time," 19 Jan. 2016 But again, this indeterminacy also means that there are near-infinite bad algorithms, too. Joseph Franklin, Scientific American, "Suicide Prediction Remains Difficult Despite Decades of Research," 11 June 2018 The first half of the concert focuses on indeterminacy and includes pieces that are loosely designed to achieve unknown results. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Chicago experimental ensemble Aperiodic will illustrate key threads in a new book by new-music scholar Jennie Gottschalk," 23 Feb. 2018 One the one hand, Dorman explained, the concerto makes salient use of modern techniques, such as indeterminacy and disjointed tempi. Special To The Plain Dealer,, "Apollo's Fire plays to its many strengths in vivid adaptation of Handel's 'Israel in Egypt' (review)," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of indeterminacy

1649, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2020

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“Indeterminacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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