from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dependent on chance, luck, or an uncertain outcome: an aleatory contract between an oil prospector and a landowner.
- adj. Of or characterized by gambling: aleatory contests.
- adj. Music Using or consisting of sounds to be chosen by the performer or left to chance; indeterminate: An object placed inside the piano added an aleatory element to the piece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Depending on the throw of a die; random, arising by chance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Depending on some uncertain contingency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, depending upon the throw of a die; hence, depending on a contingent event.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. dependent on chance
Latin āleātōrius, from āleātor, gambler, from ālea, game of chance, die.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin āleātōrius, from āleātor ("dice-player"), from ālea ("a die"). (Wiktionary)