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Definition of the adjective aleatory

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  1. dependent on chance

Alternative definition of the adjective aleatory


  1. Depending on the throw of a die; random, arising by chance

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Google previewA Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (2013)

by Richard Kostelanetz

ALEATORY MUSIC: (1950s). The word aleatory is derived from the Latin "alea," that is, a die. (Julius Caesar exclaimed after crossing the Rubicon, "Alea jacta est. ") Aleatory music in the literal Sense is not a new invention. "Dice music" was a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century (2014)

by Lol Henderson, Lee Stacey

ALEATORY MUSIC The term “aleatory music”——first coined by composer Pierre BOULEZ, and synonymous with “chance music” and “indeterminacy”—describes the random or chance processes used by composers and performers ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Aleatoric, Aleatory (Latin, alea meaning 'dice') : A compositional technique where the choice of pitch, rhythmic value and order of events is left to chance; not to be confused with "indeterminacy" or "improvisation" Aleatory (Boulez) : The ...

Google previewDictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2012)

by J. A. Cuddon

'Aleatory' means depending on the throw of a die, and it here refers to writing (as well as to the composition of music, sculpture and painting) achieved by some random means, by leaving things to ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Insurance Terms (2010)

by Lawrence Silver, Robert E Stevens, Kenneth Clow

A contract is an aleatory contract when it meets one or both of two conditions. One condition is that the execution or performance under the contract depends on a contingency or random event that is beyond the control of either party to the ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

aleatory. ale-a-to-ry \'a-le-a-,tor-e\ adj [Latin aleatorius of a gambler, from aleator gambler, dice player, from alea, a dice...

aleatory contract — see CONTRACT aleatory promise — see PROMISE ALI ...

Google previewSubject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogs of the Library of Congress [from 1897 Through June 1964] (1966)

by Library of Congress. Subject Cataloging Division

x Aleatory music Chance music Music, Aleatory Music, Chance xx Music Chance music See Chance composition Chance compositions Change, Educational * See Educational innovations Change, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2015)

by Chris Baldick

Aleatory writing involves an element of randomness either in composition, as in * automatic writing and the *cutup, or in the reader's selection and ordering of written fragments, as in B. S. Johnson's novel The Unfortunates (1969), a box of 27 ...

Google previewDebtor's Dictionary (2010)

The American Encyclopedia of Consumer Credit by Sidney Moore

Aleatory Contract——A contract under which a person pays money on the chance of obtaining a greater amount of money in return, upon the occurrence of a specific event—such as a gambling contract or an insurance policy. Usually illegal ...

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

aleatory (or, less commonly, aleatoric), Adjective (derived from Latin alea, a game using ...

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Scrabble value of A1L1E1A1T1O1R1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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