# Function - (Non) Deterministic - Predictable

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## About

All functions are deterministic or non-deterministic:

- Deterministic functions always return the same result any time they are called with a specific set of input values. If you give them the same set of instructions they always end up with the same result.
- Non-deterministic functions may return different results each time they are called with a specific set of input values.

Whether a function is deterministic or non-deterministic is called the determinism of the function.

If for the same input, the result is unique, the function is deterministic, otherwise non-deterministic.

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## Non-deterministic to deterministic

A Non-deterministic SQL function can be made deterministic by ordering the result set on a unique key.

## Example

### Deterministic

The DATEADD built-in function is because it always returns the same result for any given set of argument values for its three parameters.

### Nondeterministic

GETDATE is not deterministic because it is always invoked with the same argument, yet the value it returns changes each time it is executed.

When a function is non-deterministic, there is some kind of randomness.