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at random

With no discernable pattern or reasoning. We will choose a raffle winner at random.
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at random

by chance; haphazard. The lottery numbers are chosen at random. As a prank, the children dialed phone numbers at random.
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at random

Without order or fixed purpose, haphazardly, as in Jackson Pollock dropped paints on canvas seemingly at random. Originally this phrase meant "very speedily" and "heedlessly." Shakespeare had the present usage in 1 Henry VI (5:3): "He talks at random; sure the man is mad." [Late 1500s]
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at random

Without a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at random from the deck.
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Small samples of information drawn at random from a large population are mistakenly treated as similar to one another and as highly representative of the entire population, Kahneman and Tversky asserted.
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Valentine first created in his computer an imitation world of species in various taxonomic groups, and then he performed three kinds of mass extinctions--one in which he killed off 85 percent of the species at random, one in which he hit 85 percent in a contiguous region, and a third in which he killed half of all the species in the four oldest taxa (which amounted to about 79 percent of all his species).
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