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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- in·de·ter·min·ist, noun, adjective
- in·de·ter·min·is·tic, adjective
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How to use indeterminism in a sentence
What you call randomness or indeterminism is what we call information creation.Top 10 questions I’d ask an alien from the Galactic Federation | Tom Siegfried | December 9, 2020 | Science News
indeterminism is the only way to break the world into good parts and into bad, and to stand by the former as against the latter.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1 | William James
indeterminism finds more advocates nowadays than determinism.Major Prophets of To-Day | Edwin E. Slosson
The incompatibility lies between indeterminism and Responsibility.Determinism or Free-Will? | Chapman Cohen
For as with the previous terms examined, it is an acceptance of indeterminism that would rob these words of all value.Determinism or Free-Will? | Chapman Cohen
Their indeterminism is indeed the necessary and logical accompaniment of their anti-intellectualism.Religion and Science | John Charlton Hardwick
British Dictionary definitions for indeterminism
the philosophical doctrine that behaviour is not entirely determined by motives
- indeterminist, noun, adjective
- indeterministic, adjective
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