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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 These are pages intended to catch the shape of a writer’s thoughts—the tome remains more of a notebook than a series of persuasive essays, with all the indeterminacy and occasional solipsism that form entails. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Siri Hustvedt’s preening essays take their author’s own brilliance as their main subject.," 13 Jan. 2017 One of Blair’s defining qualities as a British politician was his indeterminacy: of place, of background, of ideology. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Return of Tony Blair," 12 May 2017 Influenced by transformative composers like Janacek, Bartok, Stravinsky and Schoenberg, Mr. Husa evolved from an early neo-Classical idiom through experiments with atonality, serialism, microtonality and indeterminacy to reach his distinctive style. Steve Smith, New York Times, "Karel Husa, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Dies at 95," 4 Jan. 2017

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