Tychism
Tychism Ty"chism, n. [Gr. ty`chh fortune, chance + -ism.] Any theory which conceives chance as an objective reality; esp., a theory of evolution which considers that variation may be purely fortuitous. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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