I. noun Etymology: Middle English, succession, surge, from Anglo-French randun, from Old French randir to run, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rinnan to run — more at run Date: 1561 a haphazard course II. adjective Date: 1632 1. a. lacking a definite plan, purpose, or pattern b. made, done, or chosen at random <
read random passages from the book
2. a. relating to, having, or being elements or events with definite probability of occurrence <
random processes
b. being or relating to a set or to an element of a set each of whose elements has equal probability of occurrence <
a random sample
; also characterized by procedures designed to obtain such sets or elements <
random sampling
randomly adverbrandomness noun Synonyms: random, haphazard, casual mean determined by accident rather than design. random stresses lack of definite aim, fixed goal, or regular procedure <
a random selection of books
. haphazard applies to what is done without regard for regularity or fitness or ultimate consequence <
a haphazard collection of rocks
. casual suggests working or acting without deliberation, intention, or purpose <
a casual collector
. III. adverb Date: 1618 in a random manner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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