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ˈɑr bɪˌtrɛr iar·bi·trary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arbitrary(adj)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. arbitrary(Adjective)

    Based on individual discretion or judgment; not based on any objective distinction, perhaps even made at random.

    Etymology: From arbitrarie, arbitrarius, from arbiter

  2. arbitrary(Adjective)

    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)

    Etymology: From arbitrarie, arbitrarius, from arbiter

  3. arbitrary(Adjective)

    Any and all possible.

    The equation is true for an arbitrary value of x.

    Etymology: From arbitrarie, arbitrarius, from arbiter

  4. arbitrary(Adjective)

    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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arbitrary(adj)

    depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment

    Etymology: [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See Arbiter.]

  2. Arbitrary(adj)

    exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power

    Etymology: [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See Arbiter.]

  3. Arbitrary(adj)

    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

  1. Arbitrary

    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

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arbitrary' in Adjectives Frequency: #980

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arbitrary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arbitrary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of arbitrary in a Sentence

  1. Committee Chairman David Cicilline:

    Companies... both large and small, have found themselves dependent on the arbitrary whim of these platform giants, one algorithm tweak away from ruin, because their decisions are largely unaccountable, opaque, and result in sweeping consequences, the dominant platforms effectively serve as private regulators.

  2. Ellie Taylor:

    Some have voiced concerns about you getting Hillary-ed in the election, meaning that you get held to a higher standard than your opponent for potentially arbitrary or may be even sexist reasons.

  3. The US:

    We have made our demands very clear to the ayatollah and his cronies : end Read MoreNoting pursuit of nuclear weapons, stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, stop sponsoring and committing terrorism, halt the arbitrary detention of The US citizens. Our pressure is aimed at ending these and others and it will continue to accelerate until Iran is willing to address them at the negotiating table.

  4. William Adams:

    Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official -- not to say arbitrary -- in their ideas, and are apter and apter with each passing day to forget that they only hold power in a representative capacity.

  5. Clifton Fadiman:

    To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.

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