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Non-strict semantics

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Non-strict semantics means that a function can have a definite value although its argument is undefined. E.g. in Haskell you get

Prelude> True || undefined

You will not be able to define a function or say in C which returns something if you pass an undefined value (e.g. one that is the result of an infinite loop). In fact, in or(true,infinite_loop()), the code of or will never be run. In Haskell it is possible because you Call by demand.