[ adjective ] lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance


"a random choice" "bombs fell at random" "random movements"

Used in print

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

There is no justification for systematizing the random statements of Irenaeus about the image of God beyond this , nor for reading into his imprecise usage the later theological distinction between the image of God ( humanity ) and the similitude of God ( immortality ) .

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

In repetitions of the experiment from couple to couple , the votes of the two persons in a couple probably agree more often than independence would imply , because couples who visit the museum together are more likely to have similar tastes than are a random pair of people drawn from the entire population of visitors .

[ adjective ] taken haphazardly


"a random choice"

Used in print

(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)

Efforts were made to take the grab_samples at random periods so that the mass of data could be treated as a 6 - hr composite sample .

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