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Synonyms of 'random'

(adjective) 
Definition
lacking any definite plan or prearranged order
The order of events seemed totally random.
Synonyms
chance
He describes their chance meeting as intense.
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casual
It was just a casual meeting.
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stray
He was struck in the face by a stray boot.
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accidental
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
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haphazard
She was trying to connect her life's seemingly haphazard events.
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unplanned
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fortuitous
a fortuitous quirk of fate
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desultory
We made some desultory conversation while we waited for the bus.
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hit or miss
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Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
lacking any definite plan or prearranged order
random acts of violence across the city
Synonyms
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arbitrary
Arbitrary arrests were common.
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indiscriminate
the indiscriminate arrests during the protests
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unplanned
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aimless
After several hours of aimless driving they were getting low on fuel.
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purposeless
Time may be wasted in purposeless meetings.
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of accidental
Definition
occurring by chance or unintentionally
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
Synonyms
in the sense of aimless
Definition
having no purpose or direction
After several hours of aimless driving they were getting low on fuel.
Synonyms
goalless,
directionless,
unguided,
undirected
in the sense of arbitrary
Definition
not done according to any plan or for any particular reason
Arbitrary arrests were common.

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