Definitions for arbitrary
ˈɑr bɪˌtrɛr iar·bi·tra·ry
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word arbitrary.
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
"an arbitrary decision"; "the arbitrary rule of a dictator"; "an arbitrary penalty"; "of arbitrary size and shape"; "an arbitrary choice"; "arbitrary division of the group into halves"
Based on individual discretion or judgment; not based on any objective distinction, perhaps even made at random.
Determined by impulse rather than reason; heavy-handed.
"The Russian trials were Stalin's purges, with which he attempted to consolidate his power. Like most people in the West, I believed these show trials to be the arbitrary acts of a cruel dictator." (Max Born, Letters to Einstein)
Any and all possible.
The equation is true for an arbitrary value of x.
Determined by independent arbiter.
To secure food safety, there should first be a national standard to arbitrarily state what is wholesome and what is not; second, the final buyer should know exactly what he is purchasing. (The World's Work ...: a history of our time)
Etymology: From arbitrarie, arbitrarius, from arbiter
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: arbitrarius, Lat.
In vain the Tyrian queen resigns her life
For the chaste glory of a virtuous wife,
If lying bards may false amours rehearse,
And blast her name with arbitrary verse. William Walsh.
Their regal tyrants shall with blushes hide
Their little lusts of arbitrary pride,
Nor bear to see their vassals ty’d. Matthew Prior.
It may be perceived, with what insecurity we ascribe effects depending on the natural period of time, unto arbitrary calculations, and such as vary at pleasure. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err.
depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment
exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power
despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; as, an arbitrary prince or government
Etymology: [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See Arbiter.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
är′bi-trar-i, adj. not bound by rules: despotic, absolute, arising from accident rather than from rule, varying, uncertain.—adv. Ar′bitrarily.—n. Ar′bitrariness. [L. arbitrarius, arbiter.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'arbitrary' in Adjectives Frequency: #980
The numerical value of arbitrary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of arbitrary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
The government must end the persistent repression of dissent and the ongoing pattern of arbitrary arrests and refrain from criminalizing and attacking human rights defenders, political opponents and any other dissenting voices.
Vague laws lend themselves to arbitrary enforcement, which can be used in a discriminatory way.
Republicans are committed to seeking a permanent solution to the crisis we have in America, not these arbitrary, short-term fixes.
Annulling the legislative power with an arbitrary decision is unacceptable, this clearly destroys the most important column of any democracy: representation of the people.
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- случаен, своеволен, деспотичен, тираничен, произволенBulgarian
- arbitrariCatalan, Valencian
- náladový, libovolnýCzech
- vilkårlig, arbitrærDanish
- arbiträr, willkürlich, beliebigGerman
- αυθόρμητος, παρορμητικός, αυταρχικός, δεσποτικός, αυθαίρετοςGreek
- arbitra, hazardaEsperanto
- umpimähkäinen, mielivaltainen, omavaltainenFinnish
- quelconque, arbitraireFrench
- treallach, ansmachtúil, dírialta, aondeonach, ar togradhIrish
- שרירותית, שרירותיHebrew
- sembarang, apa saja, mana saja, siapa sajaIndonesian
- arbitraria, a caso, arbitrarioItalian
- 恣意, 不特定多数, 任意Japanese
- დაუსაბუთებელი, ჭირვეული, დესპოტური, თვითნებურიGeorgian
- arbitrair, willekeurigDutch
- vilkårlegNorwegian Nynorsk
- vilkårlig, tilfeldigNorwegian
- arbitrarny, dowolnyPolish
- arbitrário, arbitráriaPortuguese
- godtycklig, arbiträrSwedish
- keyfî, isteğe bağlıTurkish
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