ran·​dom·​ness ˈran-dəm-nəs How to pronounce randomness (audio)
: the quality or state of being or seeming random (as in lacking or seeming to lack a definite plan, purpose, or pattern)
… the metaphor of a coin flip for randomness remains unquestioned. We use coin tosses to settle disputes and decide outcomes because we believe they are unbiased, with 50-50 odds. Yet recent research into coin flips has discovered that the laws of mechanics determine the outcome of coin tosses …David E. Adler
the randomness of life

Examples of randomness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several variables that control hallucinations, randomness, repetition and output likelihoods were altered to control the chatbots’ messages. Jeremy White, New York Times, 20 May 2024 In What a Fool Believes, out now, the longtime Doobie Brothers member leans in to his life motto: being open to the randomness of life. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 22 May 2024 And that gets us to the level of shock that sits in a special place in the human brain — where revulsion at the randomness of life intersects with our respect for it. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 26 Mar. 2024 The nihilistic randomness of the violence is what makes the film connect on a visceral level; to give them a backstory, or even real names, would be to go against the premise’s central appeal. Michael Nordine, Variety, 16 May 2024 The randomness of outcomes discourages work and investment. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fortune, 12 May 2024 The unreasonable effectiveness of randomness led him to think about the nature of randomness itself. Quanta Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Like so many Baltimoreans, so many Americans, Smith thought about the randomness of life. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 To a first approximation, this setting controls the randomness and creativity of its output. Patrick House, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of randomness was in 1803

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“Randomness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/randomness. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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