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1. Unpredictability.
2. Philosophy The doctrine that there are some events, particularly some human actions or decisions, which have no cause.

in′de·ter′min·ist n.
in′de·ter′min·is′tic adj.


(Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
ˌindeˈterminist n, adj
ˌindeˌterminˈistic adj


(ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm)

a theory that human actions, though influenced by preexisting conditions, are not entirely governed by them.
in`de•ter′min•ist, n., adj.


the quality of not being clearly established or fixed. — indeterminist, n.indeterministic, adj.
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