Aleatoric



Law. depending on a contingent event:
an aleatory contract.
of or relating to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable:
an aleatory element.
Music. employing the element of chance in the choice of tones, rests, durations, rhythms, dynamics, etc.
adjective
dependent on chance
(esp of a musical composition) involving elements chosen at random by the performer
adjective

done randomly; characterized by chance, often in reference to art or music
Examples

Aleatoric music incorporates elements of chance in its structure.
Word Origin

from ‘aleatory’ which derives from ‘alea’, a die, the dice
adj.

“of uncertain outcome,” literally “depending on the throw of a die,” 1690s, from Latin aleatorius “pertaining to a gamester,” from aleator “a dice player,” from alea “a game with dice; chance, hazard, risk; a die, the dice;” perhaps literally “a joint-bone, a pivot-bone,” and related to axis.

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