In reality, the Iraqi borders had been arbitrarily drawn and disregarded 2,000 years of tribal, sectarian, and nomadic occupation.
Many of the others were arbitrarily sentenced under similar charges of “acting” or “conspiring” against national security.
(Note the arbitrarily rough edges on two sides of this drawing, versus the clean cuts of the others).
If the IRS can target and discriminate against one group of Americans, it can arbitrarily do it to anyone.
Who wants to leave their cash in an institution that unilaterally and arbitrarily reduces its deposit insurance commitment?
They were arbitrarily thrust into prison, where they were at last completely at the mercy of their enemies.
A mistake; they lack only the right of arbitrarily dismissing the insubordinate.
But they did not arbitrarily do that which it seemed to them they might have done.
He had arisen to his feet as if arbitrarily to end the argument.
If not, then how vaguely and arbitrarily these occult powers work!
early 15c., "deciding by one's own discretion," from Old French arbitraire (14c.) or directly from Latin arbitrarius "depending on the will, uncertain," from arbiter (see arbiter). The original meaning gradually descended to "capricious" and "despotic" (1640s). Related: Arbitrarily; arbitrariness.