ale·a·to·ry /'ā-lē-ə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj [Latin aleatorius of a gambler, from aleator gambler, dice player, from alea, a dice game]: depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss
the aleatory nature of a lawyer's contingency fee arrangement

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (perilous) adjective adventurous, beset with perils, dangerous, endangered, exposed, exposed to risk, fraught with danger, full of risk, hazardous, imperiled, minatory, ominous, parlous, precarious, riskful, risky, treacherous, unsafe, venturesome, venturous II (uncertain) adjective alterable, ambiguous, capricious, changeable, changeful, depending, dubious, equivocal, in question, incalculable, indefinite, mutable, not fixed, open, permutable, protean, undecided, unsettled, unstable, unsure, variable associated concepts: aleatory contract III index speculative

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Random, uncertain, depending on chance.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Depending on an uncertain event. Usually applied to insurance contracts in which payment is dependent on the occurrence of an uncertain event, such as injury to an insured person or fire damage to an insured building.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement → Life Insurance
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

adj. Dependant on the occurrence of an uncertain contingent event.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   uncertain; usually applied to insurance contracts in which payment is dependent on the occurrence of a contingent event, such as injury to the insured person in an accident or fire damage to his insured building.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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