from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The casting of lots; determination by lot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Selection or appointment by lot.

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  • noun selection by drawing lots

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  • noun making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn


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  • A method of choosing decision-makers by lottery. This is how Athenian democracy largely worked (with exceptions such as the election of strategoi or generals).

    February 7, 2008