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arbitrary

[ahr-bi-trer-ee]
adjective
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; tyrannical: an arbitrary government.
4.
capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.
5.
Mathematics. undetermined; not assigned a specific value: an arbitrary constant.
noun, plural arbitraries.
6.
arbitraries, Printing. (in Britain) peculiar ( def 9 ).

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin arbitrārius uncertain (i.e., depending on an arbiter's decision). See arbiter, -ary

arbitrarily [ahr-bi-trer-uh-lee, ahr-bi-trair-] , adverb
arbitrariness, noun
nonarbitrarily, adverb
nonarbitrariness, noun
nonarbitrary, adjective
unarbitrarily, adverb
unarbitrary, adjective
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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.  (of a government, ruler, etc) despotic or dictatorial
4.  maths not representing any specific value: an arbitrary constant
5.  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]
 
'arbitrarily
 
adv
 
'arbitrariness
 
n

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arbitrary
early 15c., "deciding by one's own discretion," from L. arbitrarius "depending on the will, uncertain," from arbiter (see arbiter). The original meaning gradually descended to "capricious" and "despotic" (1640s).
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