- Having no specific pattern, purpose,
or objective: random movements. See Synonyms at chance.
- Mathematics & Statistics.
Of or relating to a type of circumstance or event that is described by a
- Of or relating to an event in which
all outcomes are equally likely, as in the testing of a blood sample for
the presence of a substance.
governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at
random from the deck.
[From at random, by chance, at great speed, from Middle English randon, speed, violence, from Old French, from randir, to run, of Germanic origin.]
- The unknown and unpredictable element
in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.
- A force assumed to cause events that
cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck: Chance will determine the
- The likelihood of something happening;
possibility or probability. Often used in the plural: Chances are good
that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?
- An accidental or unpredictable event.
- A favorable set of circumstances; an
opportunity: a chance to escape.
- A risk or hazard; a gamble: took a
chance that the ice would hold me.
- Games. A raffle or
- Baseball. An opportunity
to make a putout or an assist that counts as an error if unsuccessful.