American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, depending upon the throw of a die; hence, depending on a contingent event.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Law) Depending on some uncertain contingency.
- adj. dependent on chance
- From Latin āleātōrius, from āleātor ("dice-player"), from ālea ("a die"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin āleātōrius, from āleātor, gambler, from ālea, game of chance, die. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word aleatory, whether used in its original and limited sense, or in its derived extension as a technical term of the civil law, was appropriate and convenient; one especially likely to be remembered by any person who had read Mr. Sumner's speech, -- and everybody had read it; the secretary himself doubtless got the suggestion of determining the question "by lot" from it.”
“Merely "aleatory" decision -- by actual use of dice -- he rejects as illicit, though towards the close of the book one of its most delectable episodes ends in his excusing Mr. Justice Bridoye for settling law cases in that way.”
“The title says it all - "aleatory," meaning dependent on chance or luck.”
“Without a dancer of Ms. Farrell's own daring and power at the center of her reconstruction of the aleatory "Pithoprakta," subtitled "Action by Probabilities," the chances of it staying with a viewer are slim.”
“I'd think these deals would be barred as aleatory contracts against public policy.”
“Taking care to cut out the original sound (which your participants must not hear at first or know from prior experience) show them the sequence several times, accompanied by these various musical pieces played over the images in an aleatory [random] manner.”
“The Institute of Medicine released a provocative and somewhat controversial report on calcium and vitamin D intake; the American Cancer Society announced results of an enormous study reaffirming the link between body mass index and mortality; there was at least aleatory passage of a historic food safety bill in Congress; and a long awaited update to federal policy governing child nutrition was passed and awaits the President's signature.”
“Nevertheless I was never propelled into an aleatory addiction to sub-genres like Sword & Sorcery or indiscriminate fantasies about magical this or that - Like any other genre or subgenre there's a great abundance that makes it hard to discern when a new "trilogy" or "chronicle" comes from as genuine a place as Tolkien's or derives from genuine fervor - religious or otherwise - like C.S. Lewis 'did.”
“Any system which purports to account for evolution must invoke a mechanism not mutational and aleatory.”
“And when there are problems (losing data, unreproducibility) they blame aleatory incidents rather than poor software architecture, even though such problems are utterly predictable (even if their detailed manifestation is aleatory) from the software architecture process used to develop the software.fsfsfsfsfsfsfsfs(Quote)”
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