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ar·bi·trar·y

 (är′bĭ-trĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle: stopped at the first motel we passed, an arbitrary choice.
2. Based on or subject to individual judgment or preference: The diet imposes overall calorie limits, but daily menus are arbitrary.
3. Law Relating to a decision made by a court or legislature that lacks a grounding in law or fact: an arbitrary penalty.
4. Not limited by law; despotic: the arbitrary rule of a dictator.

[Middle English arbitrarie, from Latin arbitrārius, from arbiter, arbitr-, arbiter; see arbiter.]

ar′bi·trar′i·ly (-trâr′ə-lē) adv.
ar′bi·trar′i·ness n.
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arbitrary

(ˈɑːbɪtrərɪ)
adj
1. founded on or subject to personal whims, prejudices, etc; capricious
2. having only relative application or relevance; not absolute
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (of a government, ruler, etc) despotic or dictatorial
4. (Mathematics) maths not representing any specific value: an arbitrary constant.
5. (Law) law (esp of a penalty or punishment) not laid down by statute; within the court's discretion
[C15: from Latin arbitrārius arranged through arbitration, uncertain]
ˈarbitrarily adv
ˈarbitrariness n
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ar•bi•trar•y

(ˈɑr bɪˌtrɛr i)
adj.
1. subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion: an arbitrary decision.
2. decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute.
3. having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic: an arbitrary government.
4. capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.
5. Math. undetermined; not assigned a specific value: an arbitrary constant.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin arbitrārius uncertain (i.e., depending on an arbiter's decision). See arbiter, -ary]
ar′bi•trar`i•ly, adv.
ar′bi•trar`i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.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"
nonarbitrary, unarbitrary - not subject to individual determination
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arbitrary

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arbitrary

adjective
1. Determined or marked by whim or caprice rather than reason:
2. Based on individual judgment or discretion:
3. Having and exercising complete political power and control:
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Translations
إعْتِباطي،تَعَسُّفي، تَحَكُّمي
произволен
libovolnýnáladovýsvévolný
arbitrærvilkårlig
geîòóttalegur, geîòótta-
savavališkaisavavališkas
patvaļīgs
arbitrar
arbiträrgodtycklig
keyfî

arbitrary

[ˈɑːbɪtrərɪ] ADJarbitrario
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arbitrary

[ˈɑːrbɪtri] adj [decision, choice] → arbitraire
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arbitrary

adjwillkürlich, arbiträr (geh)
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arbitrary

[ˈɑːbɪtrərɪ] adjarbitrario/a
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arbitrary

(ˈaːbitrəri) adjective
not decided by rules or laws but by a person's own opinion. He made a rather arbitrary decision to close the local cinema without consulting other people.
ˈarbitrarily adverb
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