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1. Unpredictability.
2. Philosophy The doctrine that there are events, particularly free human actions or decisions, that have no cause or are not caused deterministically.

in′de·ter′min·ist n.
in′de·ter′min·is′tic adj.
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(Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
ˌindeˈterminist n, adj
ˌindeˌterminˈistic adj
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(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.
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the quality of not being clearly established or fixed. — indeterminist, n.indeterministic, adj.
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