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1. Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random movements. See Synonyms at chance.
2. Mathematics & Statistics Of or relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution.
3. Of or relating to an event in which all outcomes are equally likely, as in the testing of a blood sample for the presence of a substance.
at random
Without a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at random from the deck.

[From at random, by chance, at great speed, from Middle English randon, random, speed, violence, surge, from Old French randon, from randir, to run, probably from Frankish *rand, border, margin (as of a field, used as a racecourse); akin to German Rand, edge.]

ran′dom·ly adv.
ran′dom·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.randomly - in a random mannerrandomly - in a random manner; "the houses were randomly scattered"; "bullets were fired into the crowd at random"
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[ˈrændəmlɪ] ADV randomly chosenelegido al azar


[ˈrændəmli] adv
[selected, chosen] → aléatoirement, au hasard; [assign, allocate] → aléatoirement, au hasard
[scattered] → au hasard


adv (= haphazardly)wahllos, willkürlich


(ˈrӕndəm) adjective
done etc without any particular plan or system; irregular. The opinion poll was based on a random sample of adults.
ˈrandomly adverb
at random
without any particular plan or system. The police were stopping cars at random and checking their brakes; Choose a number at random.
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However, it had been unclear how this ability evolves over a person's lifetime, nor had it been possible to assess the ways in which humans may behave randomly beyond simple statistical tests.
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Imec and its project partners today announced the launch of TERASEL (Thermo-plastically deformable circuits for embedded randomly shaped electronics), a project under the European Union s Seventh Framework Programme for Information and Communication Technologies (FP7).
27 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a Boston-based team of researchers reports that among more than 5,000 women, those randomly assigned to get vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid were no less likely to develop potentially precancerous colorectal polyps than were women getting a placebo.
a plurality of substantially inelastic first fibers positioned on the base balloon, the first fibers comprising randomly oriented fibers defining random angles at a plurality of locations where the fibers intersect and cross over each other, the first fibers extending over the cylindrical barrel and transition portions of the balloon;
7%) pigeons of the 435 examined; histopathologic examination of livers with gross lesions of mycobacteriosis from 15 randomly selected pigeons revealed granulomatous inflammation typical for avian mycobacteriosis in all samples.
has developed a space-saving two-way feeder system that is capable of reliably aligning and supplying randomly entwined coil springs.
In the first study, the researchers randomly assigned 36 volunteers to think about a friend with either good or bad self-control.
Two tickets will be issued to each randomly selected attendee.