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indeterminism

[ in-di-tur-muh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm /
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noun Philosophy.

the doctrine that human actions, though influenced somewhat by preexisting psychological and other conditions, are not entirely governed by them but retain a certain freedom and spontaneity.
the theory that the will is to some extent independent of the strength of motives, or may itself modify their strength in choice.

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Origin of indeterminism

First recorded in 1870–75; in-3 + determinism
in·de·ter·min·ist, noun, adjectivein·de·ter·min·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for indeterminism

indeterminism
/ (ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm) /

noun

the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
indeterminist, noun, adjectiveindeterministic, adjective
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