Definition of randomly in English:



  • 1Without method or conscious decision; indiscriminately.

    ‘troops fired randomly from tanks’
    ‘I randomly split the ironing into two piles’
    • ‘The males mate randomly with females.’
    • ‘The buses were randomly stopped and searched at several roadblocks.’
    • ‘Eclipses do not occur randomly.’
    • ‘We're tested randomly once or twice a month.’
    • ‘Oil prices have fluctuated randomly for well over a century.’
    • ‘I was walking aimlessly, and randomly.’
    • ‘They have a tendency to decide randomly not to show up for work.’
    • ‘He had randomly shot at passing cars, wounding at least three people.’
    • ‘I contacted him, saying I had just randomly come across his e-mail address.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A total of 1022 children were included from nine schools selected randomly from 32 schools.’
      • ‘The sample was randomly picked from the unemployment register for 16-30 year olds.’
      • ‘The patients were randomly divided into four groups of approximately 12 patients per group.’
      • ‘A randomly assigned number was generated by the computer and assigned to each respondent to ensure confidentiality.’
      • ‘Within each household an adult is randomly selected to be the respondent.’
      • ‘The survey was mailed to randomly selected U.S. public school teachers of kindergarten through eighth grade.’
      • ‘On arrival, the participants are randomly assigned to small groups with trained moderators.’
      • ‘A total of 747 women were randomly allocated to intervention or control groups.’