(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. chance, casual, aimless, random; hit-or-miss. Ant., planned, orderly.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. aimless, accidental, casual, random, chance, offhand, careless, slipshod, incidental, unexpected, unthinking, unconscious, uncoordinated, slovenly, reckless, unconcerned, unpremeditated, loose, indiscriminate, unsystematic, unrestricted, unselected, irregular, motley, multifarious, blind, purposeless, unplanned, chaotic, hit-or-miss, devil-may-care*, willy-nilly*, what-the-hell*; see also aimless , random .
Ant. careful, studied, planned.
See Synonym Study at random .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
unmethodical, unorganized, slapdash, uncoordinated, aimless, casual, *willy-nilly, indiscriminate, *hit or miss, careless, random, arbitrary.
ANT.: planned, organized, designed
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Having no particular pattern, purpose, organization, or structure: chance, desultory, hit-or-miss, indiscriminate, random, spot, unplanned. See PLANNED.

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