[ in-di-tur-muh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr məˌnɪz əm /

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.

Origin of indeterminism

First recorded in 1870–75; in-3 + determinism

Related forms

in·de·ter·min·ist, noun, adjectivein·de·ter·min·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indeterminism


/ (ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪˌnɪzəm) /


the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives

Derived Forms

indeterminist, noun, adjectiveindeterministic, adjective
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