September 14, 2017
random (adjective)
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What does it mean?
1 : showing no clear plan, purpose, or pattern2 : having a definite and especially an equal probability of occurring
How do you use it?
Before changing the menu in the school cafeteria, the director of food services surveyed a random sample of students to get their feedback on the new lunch choices.
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Which word do you think is a synonym of "random"?

It was not a random decision to include "casual" in our list. "Random," "casual," and "haphazard" mean determined by accident rather than design. "Random" stresses the lack of a definite aim, fixed goal, or regular procedure, as in "The students discovered a pattern in what seemed to be a random group of symbols." "Casual" suggests working or acting without intention or purpose, as in "At first she was a casual collector but now she is much more serious about her collection of vinyl records." "Haphazard" applies to what happens by chance, as in "Books were piled on the desk in a haphazard manner."
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