aleatory (adj.) "of uncertain outcome," lit. "depending on the throw of a die," 1690s, from L. aleatorius "pertaining to a gamester," from aleator "a dice player," from alea "a game with dice; chance, hazard, risk; a die, the dice;" perhaps lit. "a joint-bone, a pivot-bone," and related to AXIS (Cf. axis).

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  • aleatory — /ay lee euh tawr ee, tohr ee, al ee /, adj. 1. Law. depending on a contingent event: an aleatory contract. 2. of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable: an aleatory element. 3. Music. employing the element of chance… …   Universalium

  • aleatory — adjective Etymology: Latin aleatorius of a gambler, from aleator gambler, from alea a dice game Date: 1693 1. depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss < an aleatory contract > 2. relating to luck and especially to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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