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random number

A number selected without any criteria, often by some sort of generator, such as a computer program. Don't worry, we're not choosing the winner ourselves—we'll draw a random number to determine who wins.
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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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The authors are now using a similar approach to study potential connections between the ability to behave randomly and such things as cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.
In the fifth study of 117 volunteers, the researchers found that those who were randomly assigned to write about friends with good self-control were faster than the other groups at identifying words related to self-control, such as achieve, discipline and effort.
At least one BIGQUIZ Grand Prize Winner and Silver Prize Winner are randomly selected every month.
What the Larkins discount is the potential influence certain employee-opinion leaders (not randomly chosen workers) can have on others who look to them for guidance.
The increase means that a faster, more innovative machine is needed to randomly pick the monthly prizes.
It's a collection of seemingly randomly collected images, but I guess in this form they lose their randomness as they will forever be associated with another, due to Elk.
Participants are randomly selected from all fifty states and the District of Columbia using scientific sampling methods.
du Pont de Nemours and Company has been granted a patent for an aqueous base lacquer composition comprising at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of linear polyethylene oxide homopolymers, branched polyethylene oxide homopolymers, linear polypropylene oxide homopolymers, branched polypropylene oxide homopolymers, linear polyethylene/polypropylene oxide copolymers with randomly distributed ethylene oxide and propylene oxide units, branched polyethylene/polypropylene oxide copolymers with randomly distributed ethylene oxide and propylene oxide units.
Such feeding problems may appear randomly, periodically, or constantly--and each level of frequency indicates a different problem that requires a different solution.
Six unions have brought a case to the Employment Court over Air New Zealand's plans to randomly drug-test its employees.
Calls for police to have the power to randomly breathalyse drivers and a lower limit have already been made.
In another study, 24 males were randomly assigned to receive either three doses of acetaminophen totaling 4000 mg, three doses of ibuprofen totaling 1200 mg, or placebo capsules indistinguishable from the other pills.
Genetic testing will enable every one of us to know precisely our entire complement of randomly acquired genes.
Children were randomly selected from the 600 children at the center and randomly assigned to one of the four conditions.
Randomly top with pears, raisins, nuts, bell pepper and red onion, dividing evenly.