stochastic

adjective

sto·​chas·​tic stə-ˈka-stik How to pronounce stochastic (audio)
stō-
1
: random
specifically : involving a random variable
a stochastic process
2
: involving chance or probability : probabilistic
a stochastic model of radiation-induced mutation
stochastically adverb

Examples of stochastic in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Greek stochastikos skillful in aiming, from stochazesthai to aim at, guess at, from stochos target, aim, guess — more at sting

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stochastic was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Stochastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stochastic. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

stochastic

adjective
sto·​chas·​tic stə-ˈkas-tik How to pronounce stochastic (audio) stō- How to pronounce stochastic (audio)
1
: involving a random variable
a stochastic process
2
: involving chance or probability
a stochastic model of radiation-induced mutation
stochastically adverb

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