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BUTTERFLY EFFECT

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BUTTERFLY EFFECT (noun)
  The noun BUTTERFLY EFFECT has 1 sense:

1. the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago

  Familiarity information: BUTTERFLY EFFECT used as a noun is very rare.


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BUTTERFLY EFFECT (noun)


Sense 1butterfly effect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("butterfly effect" is a kind of...):

consequence; effect; event; issue; outcome; result; upshot (a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon)


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