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English definition of “random”

random

adjective     /ˈrændəm/
happening , done, or chosen by chance rather than following a system , plan , or rule : random audits/checks/tests They discussed the idea of carrying out random forensic audits on listed companies as a deterrent to fraud . The questionnaires are assigned on a random basis .
at random without involving any system or decision : chosen/drawn/selected at random The winner will be the first complete entry drawn at random after the closing date .
(Definition of random adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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