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ran·dom

random

 
pronunciation:
raen dm
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by lack of pattern or predictability, or carried out or occurring in a way that cannot be predicted and without being based on any reason or purpose.
The noise occurred in a random fashion and kept me awake all night.I didn't have any information on these dentists, so I just made a random choice.The police wondered if these crimes were truly random or if they were linked in some way.
synonyms:
chance, haphazard
antonyms:
orderly, systematic
similar words:
aleatory, arbitrary, chaotic, fluky, hit-or-miss, patternless, uncontrolled, unplanned, vagrant, wild
definition 2: in statistics, of or pertaining to an event that does not have the same result each time it occurs.
synonyms:
chance
similar words:
stochastic
definition 3: in statistics, pertaining to the selection of a sample of a population, each member of which has theoretically the same chance of being selected.
similar words:
patternless, stochastic
derivations: randomly (adv.), randomness (n.)
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