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Definition of "random" []

  • Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random movements. See Synonyms at chance. (adjective)
  • Mathematics & Statistics Of or relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a probability distribution. (adjective)
  • 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. (adjective)
  • At random Without a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at random from the deck. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "random" in a sentence
  • "And the only choice other than random is *not random*."
  • "( "UPDATE login SET random = $random WHERE id = $id""
  • "He said the sector remains too focused on charity -- what I call random acts of kindness -- rather than strategic investments."