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butterfly effect

[′bəd·ər‚flī i‚fekt]
(physics)
In a chaotic system, the ability of miniscule changes in initial conditions (such as the flap of a butterfly's wings) to have far-reaching, large-scale effects on the development of the system (such as the course of weather a continent away).
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ONE of my favourite films is the 2004 supernatural thriller The Butterfly Effect staring Ashton Kutcher in the leading role.
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