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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flightiness, arbitrariness, whimsicality, whimsy, whimsey, capriciousnessnoun

    the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

    "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory"

Wiktionary

  1. arbitrarinessnoun

    The quality or state of being arbitrary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arbitrarinessnoun

    the quality of being arbitrary; despoticalness; tyranny

Freebase

  1. Arbitrariness

    Arbitrariness is a term given to choices and actions subject to individual will, judgment or preference, based solely upon an individual's opinion or discretion. Arbitrary decisions are not necessarily the same as random decisions. For example, during the 1973 oil crisis, Americans were allowed to purchase gasoline only on odd-numbered days if their license plate was odd, and on even-numbered days if their license plate was even. The system was well-defined and not random in its restrictions; however, since license plate numbers are completely unrelated to a person's fitness to purchase gasoline, it was still an arbitrary division of people. Similarly, schoolchildren are often organized by their surname in alphabetical order, a non-random yet still arbitrary method, at least in cases where surnames are irrelevant.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arbitrariness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arbitrariness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of arbitrariness in a Sentence

  1. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel:

    Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.

  2. Gilbert Keith Chesterton:

    The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.

  3. Confucius:

    If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

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