Synonyms of 'random'
lacking any definite plan or prearranged orderThe order of events seemed totally random.
He describes their chance meeting as intense.
It was just a casual meeting.
He was struck in the face by a stray boot.
accidental, , , ,
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
She was trying to connect her life's seemingly haphazard events.
a fortuitous quirk of fate
desultory, , , ,
We made some desultory conversation while we waited for the bus.
lacking any definite plan or prearranged orderrandom acts of violence across the city
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in the sense of accidental
occurring by chance or unintentionallyThe jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
in the sense of aimless
having no purpose or directionAfter several hours of aimless driving they were getting low on fuel.
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