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Arbitrary (IPA: /ˈɑɹbəˌtɹɛɹi/, /ˈɑɹbɪˌtɹɛɹi/)

Arbitrary (a.)

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

Arbitrary (a.)

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

Arbitrary (a.)

Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; as, an arbitrary prince or government.

Arbitrary Synonyms

Impulsive, Discretionary, Discretional, Absolute, Capricious, Whimsical

Arbitrary Rhymes


Spanish Translation

Arbitrary in Spanish is Arbitrario

Example Sentence (Quote)

" "Why do you tell me this ?" Perhaps because I am a cat and it amuses me to be arbitrary and do you a good turn ."" - Roger Zelazny

Example Sentence (Quote)

" All media exists to invest our lives with artificial perception and arbitrary values. (p. 199)" - Marshall McLuhan

Example Sentence (Quote)

" Observe your motivations for breaking the arbitrary laws of the current government." - Deus Ex

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