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Etymology

From Old French randon, from randir (to gallop), of Germanic origin. Used in English since the 14th Century.

Adjective

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  1. All outcomes being unpredictable and, in the ideal case, equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation.
    The flip of a fair coin is purely random.
    The newspaper conducted a random sample of five hundred American teenagers.
    The results of the field survey look random by several different measures.
  2. (mathematics) Of or relating to probability distribution.
    A toss of loaded dice is still random, though biased.
  3. (computing) Pseudorandom in contrast to truly random; mimicking the result of random selection.
    The rand function generates a random number from a seed.
  4. (colloquial) Representative and undistinguished; typical and average.
    A random American off the street couldn't tell the difference.
  5. (colloquial) Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause, or reason.
    That was a completely random comment.
    The teacher's bartending story was interesting, but random.
    The narrative takes a random course.
  6. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (colloquial, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Lacking poise.
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  1. (figuratively, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence.
    The party was boring. It was full of randoms.

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