random

random ran‧dom [ˈrændəm] adjective
1. random sample/​ check/​test etc a sample, check etc in which things or people are chosen without any particular reason or pattern so that they will include a typical mixture of the larger group they represent:

• The group polled a random sample of US manufacturers.

• Pennsylvania conducts random checks on trucks to see that they are properly maintained.

• a rule requiring random drug testing of airline employees

— compare quota sample sample1
2. random error/​effect etc an error etc that happens without any pattern, so it is difficult to say when it will happen again or why it happens:

• Random errors in the survey will not matter greatly.

3. at random without any particular reason or pattern:

• Pollsters interviewed 1000 adults picked at random in 50 states.

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random UK US /ˈrændəm/ adjective
happening, done, or chosen by chance rather than following a system, plan, or rule: random audits/checks/tests »

They discussed the idea of carrying out random forensic audits on listed companies as a deterrent to fraud.

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The questionnaires are assigned on a random basis.

at random — Cf. at random

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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