randomness

noun
ran·​dom·​ness | \ ˈran-dəm-nəs How to pronounce randomness (audio) \

Definition of randomness

: 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

First Known Use of randomness

1803, in the meaning defined above

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3 Sep 2020

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“Randomness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/randomness. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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