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Definition of butterfly effect, the

butterfly effect, the

noun - uncountable

  • the theory / idea that a single butterfly (for example: by flapping its wings) can change the entire course of history, from little changes in the world building on each other to become bigger changes.

    Last edited on Jul 25 2010. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 06 2009.

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