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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.
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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
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[ˈrændəmli] adv
[selected, chosen] → aléatoirement, au hasard; [assign, allocate] → aléatoirement, au hasard
[scattered] → au hasard
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adv (= haphazardly)wahllos, willkürlich
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(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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Over 600 out of the 715 randomly selected sample precincts have been audited as of Sunday afternoon, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said.
WATCH: Comelec Commissioner Guia explains need for audit contingency list !-- -- Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - May 13, 2019 - 2:05pm MANILA, Philippines A contingency list for the Random Manual Audit Team (RMAT) is necessary in the event that a precinct from the randomly selected list will be difficult to reach, ComelecCommissioner Luie Guia said.
Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said there will be two steps - first, they will randomly choose the municipalities that will be included in the audit; second, they will randomly pick 715 precincts from the selected municipalities.
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However, the Federal Court Chief Registrar's office in a statement issued on July 6 said the selection of Mohd Sofian to preside over the trial of Najib was done randomly.
Scientists randomly assigned 5,442 women to take high daily doses of vitamin B-6 (50 milligrams), vitamin B-12 (1,000 micrograms), and folic acid (2,500 meg), or a placebo.
Category II was to recite randomly from 20 paras (chapters), category III was to recite randomly from 10 Paras and category IV was to recite randomly from first five paras of the Holy Quran.
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Salvador Tello further added that the gunman was driving around and shooting randomly from his car.