1. <*probability*> Describes a system whose time evolution can
be predicted exactly.

Contrast probabilistic.

2. <*algorithm*> Describes an algorithm in which the correct
next step depends only on the current state. This contrasts
with an algorithm involving backtracking where at each point
there may be several possible actions and no way to chose
between them except by trying each one and backtracking if it
fails.

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