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1. Dependent on chance, luck, or an uncertain outcome: an aleatory contract between an oil prospector and a landowner.
2. Of or characterized by gambling: aleatory contests.
3. also a·le·a·to·ric (ā′lē-ə-tôr′ĭk) 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.

[Latin āleātōrius, from āleātor, gambler, from ālea, game of chance, die.]


(ˈeɪlɪətərɪ; -trɪ) or


1. dependent on chance
2. (Classical Music) (esp of a musical composition) involving elements chosen at random by the performer
[C17: from Latin āleātōrius, from āleātor gambler, from ālea game of chance, dice, of uncertain origin]


(ˈeɪ li əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈæl i-)

also a•le•a•tor•ic

(ˌeɪ li əˈtɔr ɪk, -ˈtɒr-, ˌæl i-)

1. Law. depending on an uncertain event: an aleatory contract.
2. of or pertaining to luck or chance; unpredictable.
3. Music. employing the element of chance in the choice of tones, rests, durations, rhythms, dynamics, etc.
[1685–95; < Latin āleātōrius, adj. derivative of āleātor gambler (āle(a) game of chance)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aleatory - dependent on chancealeatory - dependent on chance; "the aleatory element in life"
unpredictable - not capable of being foretold


adj (Jur) → aleatorisch, vom Zufall abhängig; aleatory contractaleatorischer Vertrag, Spekulationsvertrag m
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For many years, every Saturday a few other people and I would go to see Kabelac to study dodecaphony, serial technique, punctualism, aleatoricism, which was really tough post-graduate training indeed.
Often reassuringly tonal, A Foreign Field moves away at the beginning of its final movement, Et in Arcadia Ego, into the world of aleatoricism, where Arcadia is, in fact, ironically Hell, until at last resolution is achieved.
In the 1960s, Novak further extended his range of genres and compositional means; for a short time he employed elements of dodecaphony and aleatoricism in his compositions, first applying the twelve-tone technique as a thematic material in the middle section of his Capriccio for cello and small orchestra (1958), with the chamber piece Passer Catulli (1962) being considered one of the apices of this phase.