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arbitrator

[ahr-bi-trey-ter] /ˈɑr bɪˌtreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person chosen to decide a dispute or settle differences, especially one formally empowered to examine the facts and decide the issue.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English arbitratour < Late Latin; see arbitrate, -tor
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Examples from the web for arbitrator
  • Total payments are limited only by the discretion of the fund's administrator, a special arbitrator appointed by the government.
  • The settlement includes a proviso allowing some farmers to argue for bigger damage payments before an independent arbitrator.
  • The five umpires are among a group of nine an arbitrator and a federal judge ordered back to work.
  • Usually, the arbitrator chooses a position in between.
  • Getting rid of those who deserve it is a time consuming process, often thwarted by an arbitrator, who will reinstate people.
  • The parties shall select one arbitrator knowledgeable in matters relating to databases and computer law.
  • The veteran designated hitter is obviously hoping that the independent arbitrator will side with him.
Word Origin and History for arbitrator
n.

early 15c., from Old French arbitratour (13c.), from Latin arbitrator "a spectator, hearer, witness, judge," agent noun from past participle stem of arbitrari, from arbiter (see arbiter). The legal form of popular arbiter; in modern usage, an arbiter makes decisions of his own accord and is accountable to no one but himself; an arbitrator (early 15c.) decides issues referred to him by the parties.

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