Definition of randomly in English:



  • 1Without method or conscious decision; indiscriminately.

    ‘troops fired randomly from tanks’
    ‘I randomly split the ironing into two piles’
    • ‘I was walking aimlessly, and randomly.’
    • ‘Oil prices have fluctuated randomly for well over a century.’
    • ‘The males mate randomly with females.’
    • ‘Eclipses do not occur randomly.’
    • ‘He had randomly shot at passing cars, wounding at least three people.’
    • ‘We're tested randomly once or twice a month.’
    • ‘I contacted him, saying I had just randomly come across his e-mail address.’
    • ‘They have a tendency to decide randomly not to show up for work.’
    • ‘The buses were randomly stopped and searched at several roadblocks.’
    • ‘The books will be randomly checked in the exam room.’
    1. 1.1Statistics In a way that involves equal chances for each item.
      ‘each clinic surveyed 20 patients who were selected randomly’
      ‘her entry was randomly drawn from around 10,000 others to win the first prize car’
      • ‘The survey was mailed to randomly selected U.S. public school teachers of kindergarten through eighth grade.’
      • ‘A randomly assigned number was generated by the computer and assigned to each respondent to ensure confidentiality.’
      • ‘The patients were randomly divided into four groups of approximately 12 patients per group.’
      • ‘The sample was randomly picked from the unemployment register for 16-30 year olds.’
      • ‘Within each household an adult is randomly selected to be the respondent.’
      • ‘On arrival, the participants are randomly assigned to small groups with trained moderators.’
      • ‘A total of 1022 children were included from nine schools selected randomly from 32 schools.’
      • ‘A total of 747 women were randomly allocated to intervention or control groups.’
      • ‘In the reduction of the 4CL data set, a single clone was chosen randomly to represent a species with multiple distinct 4CL sequences.’
      • ‘Each digit was chosen randomly from the set of 10 digits.’