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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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The data were based on a clinical study that the Company conducted on confirmed prion positive cows (n=4), 15 at-risk prion negative feeding cohorts (n=207) and randomly selected cattle from a local slaughterhouse (n=908).
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To create the list, 1,000 candidate companies were asked to participate, with a minimum of 350 randomly selected employees required to complete an employee-opinion survey.