Definition of 'random'
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Each successive year a similar random but representative sample of pupils will sit parts of the same two tests. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This was an entirely random and shocking attack on a group of friends simply trying to enjoy a night out. The Sun (2016)A source said random drug tests were introduced earlier this year to catch cheats. The Sun (2016)For me, I took some comfort in knowing that it was a random attack. The Sun (2016)Viewers were misled because the competition claimed to be based on random selection. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They worry about random acts of violence. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They doubt that random drug tests would work. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Try to get a random sample of people. An Introduction to Community Health (1995)Was she trying to protect herself from a random attack of box jellyfish? Times, Sunday Times (2011)The first correct entry drawn at random will win. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Some of the selections seem random and others easily dropped. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)This is a bit of a random selection because you can make ice cream from virtually anything. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Some know they were not the passive victims of random violence but active participants. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The technique involved polling a random representative sample on targeted issues. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Police say the attack was not random. The Sun (2013)It seemed random and it nearly was. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They bought the ticket at the store using a random selection button. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Or been a victim of random street violence? Times, Sunday Times (2011)But checks on a random sample showed many people are still at the same address. The Sun (2008)The appointment of junior ministers is utterly random and often bears little or no relation to their expertise. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She can be sent back to prison if she fails a random drug test in the next year. The Sun (2010)Being a nation means we are not just a random set of individuals born to a different random set of individuals. The Sun (2016)He had to take a random drug test and had to report to his sergeant major that he had taken drugs. The Sun (2014)And probably they had; but numbers were so large that the computer made a random cut. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The onset is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent. The Sun (2014)Instead, she says she is often moved by random acts of kindness. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Others perform regular random sampling of employees' e-mails. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'random'
British English: random /ˈrændəm/ ADJECTIVE
A random sample or method is one in which all the people or things involved have an equal chance of being chosen.
The survey used a random sample of two thousand people.
- American English: random
- Arabic: عَشْوَائِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: aleatório
- Chinese: 任意的
- Croatian: nasumičan
- Czech: náhodný
- Danish: tilfældig
- Dutch: willekeurig
- European Spanish: al azar
- Finnish: umpimähkäinen
- French: aléatoire
- German: willkürlich
- Greek: τυχαίος
- Italian: casuale
- Japanese: 手当たり次第の
- Korean: 무작위의
- Norwegian: tilfeldig
- Polish: przypadkowy losowy
- European Portuguese: aleatório
- Romanian: aleatoriu
- Russian: случайный
- Spanish: al azar
- Swedish: slumpartad
- Thai: โดยการสุ่ม
- Turkish: rastgele
- Ukrainian: випадковий
- Vietnamese: ngẫu nhiên
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