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a·le·a·to·ry  audio  (l--tôr, -tr) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Dependent on chance, luck, or an uncertain outcome: an aleatory contract between an oil prospector and a landowner.
  2. Of or characterized by gambling: aleatory contests.
  3. also a·le·a·to·ric  (l--tôrk, -tr-) KEY  Music Using or consisting of sounds to be chosen by the performer or left to chance; indeterminate: An object placed inside the piano added an aleatory element to the piece.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin letrius, from letor, gambler, from lea, game of chance, die


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