Definition of indeterminism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌindəˈtərmənizəm/ /ˌɪndəˈtərmənɪzəm/


  • 1Philosophy
    The doctrine that not all events are wholly determined by antecedent causes.

    • ‘If it turns out that both determinism and indeterminism have these three intellectual virtues, can we come to a judgement about which one has the crowning virtue?’
    • ‘For any freedom not compatible with determinism would require indeterminism; and what is undetermined would happen by luck and could not be a free and responsible action.’
    • ‘The second main reply to that argument is that it involves an incoherent mix of determinism and indeterminism.’
    • ‘If the world were governed by strictly deterministic laws, might it still look as though indeterminism reigns?’
    • ‘In the realm of microphysics, where we have strong (but still contestable) evidence of indeterminism, our ordinary causal notions do not easily apply.’
  • 2The state of being uncertain or undecided.

    • ‘The indeterminism made it uncertain whether she would go back to help or press onward.’
    • ‘Indeed, introducing indeterminism adds little in the way of worthwhile possibilities, opportunities, or competences to a universe.’
    • ‘I thought it may be indeterminism, but no such luck.’
    • ‘The new world is full of uncertainty, indeterminism and states that our knowledge is limited.’



/ˌindəˈtərmənizəm/ /ˌɪndəˈtərmənɪzəm/