Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities
Not traditional, outside the mainstream, underground (e.g., alternative medicine, alternative lifestyle, (alternative rock)).
- an alternative proposition
* alternative dispute resolution
* alternative energy
* alternative lifestyle
* alternative medicine
* alternative press
* alternative vote
A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities.
* 1817 , (Walter Scott), Rob Roy , XI:
One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen.
The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted.
- ‘The cloister or a betrothed husband?’ I echoed—‘Is that the alternative destined for Miss Vernon?’
* See also
A roving motion; course without definite direction; lack of rule or method; chance.
*:Counsels, when they fly / At random , sometimes hit most happily.
*Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
*:O, many a shaft, at random sent, / Finds mark the archer little meant!
(label) Speed, full speed; impetuosity, force.
*:they were messagers vnto kyng Ban & Bors sent from kynge Arthur / therfor said the viij knyghtes ye shalle dye or be prysoners / for we ben knyghtes of kyng Claudas And therwith two of them dressid theire sperys / and Vlfyus and Brastias dressid theire speres and ranne to gyder with grete raundon
*(Edward Hall) (1497-1547)
*:For courageously the two kings newly fought with great random and force.
*1624 , John Smith, Generall Historie , in Kupperman 1988, page 144:
*:Fortie yards will they shoot levell, or very neare the marke, and 120 is their best at Random .
(label) The direction of a rake-vein.
* force, momentum, speed, velocity
* (unimportant person) nobody, nonentity
Having unpredictable outcomes and, in the ideal case, all outcomes equally probable; resulting from such selection; lacking statistical correlation.
- The flip of a fair coin is purely random .
- The newspaper conducted a random sample of five hundred American teenagers.
* July 18 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises [http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-dark-knight-rises-review-batman,82624/]
- The results of the field survey look random by several different measures.
(mathematics) Of or relating to probability distribution.
- Where the Joker preys on our fears of random , irrational acts of terror, Bane has an all-consuming, dictatorial agenda that’s more stable and permanent, a New World Order that’s been planned out with the precision of a military coup.
(computing) Pseudorandom; mimicking the result of random selection.
- A toss of loaded dice is still random , though biased.
(somewhat colloquial) Representative and undistinguished; typical and average; selected for no particular reason.
- The rand function generates a random number from a seed.
(somewhat colloquial) Apropos of nothing; lacking context; unexpected; having apparent lack of plan, cause or reason.
- A random American off the street couldn't tell the difference.
- That was a completely random comment.
- The teacher's bartending story was interesting, but random .
(colloquial) Characterized by or often saying random things; habitually using non sequiturs.
- The narrative takes a random course.
- You're so random !
* (having unpredictable outcomes)
* (of or relating to probability distribution) stochastic
* (pseudorandom) pseudorandom
* (representative and undistinguished) average, typical
* (lacking context) arbitrary, unexpected, unplanned
* at random
* randomise, randomize
* random number