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Jan 17, 2012
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stochastic

PRONUNCIATION:
(stuh-KAS-tik)

MEANING:
adjective: Involving chance; random; probabilistic.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek stokhos (aim, target, a pointed stake for an archer to aim at). Earliest documented use: 1662.

USAGE:
"Medicine is a stochastic science -- no doctor can predict the future."
Sandeep Jauhar; When Doctors Slam the Door; The New York Times; Mar 16, 2003.

See more usage examples of stochastic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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