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“chaos theory” in British English

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chaos theorynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkeɪ.ɒs ˌθɪə.ri/ us /ˈkeɪ.ɑːs ˌθɪr.i/

a scientific theory about situations that obey particular laws but appear to have little or no order:

A frequent metaphor for one aspect of chaos theory is called the Butterfly Effect - butterflies flapping their wings in the Amazon affect the weather in Chicago.

(Definition of “chaos theory” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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