Definition of random
: a haphazard course
at random
: without definite aim, direction, rule, or method <subjects chosen at random>
Origin and Etymology of random
Middle English, succession, surge, from AngloFrench randun, from Old French randir to run, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rinnan to run — more at run
First Known Use: 1561
random
Simple Definition of random

: chosen, done, etc., without a particular plan or pattern
Full Definition of random
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
nounExamples of random in a sentence
a random sequence of letters
A random sample of doctors from around the country were selected for the study.
We tasted the wines in random order and then rated each.
a random collection of buttons
She collects random photographs that she finds in antique shops.
Pick a random word on the page.
The computer program generates a list of random numbers.
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First Known Use of random
1632
Synonym Discussion of random
random
Definition of random
: in a random manner
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First Known Use of random
1618
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
RANDOM Defined for Kids
random
playDefinition of random for Students
: lacking a clear plan, purpose, or pattern <I read a random selection of poems.>
randomly
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