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random

adjective     /ˈræn.dəm/
C1 happening, done, or chosen by chance rather than according to a plan: random checks/tests/attacks We asked a random sample/selection of people what they thought.Chance and randomness informal strange or unusual: I just saw Billy wearing a top hat - he's so random!Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of qualityStrange, suspicious and unnatural at random C1 by chance, or without being chosen intentionally: The winning entry will be the first correct answer drawn at random.Chance and randomness randomly     /-li/ adverb C1 The books were randomly arranged on the shelves.Chance and randomness
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