[ ahr-bi-trer-ee ]
/ ˈɑr bɪˌtrɛr i /
subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion: an arbitrary decision.
decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute.
having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical: an arbitrary government.
capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.
Mathematics. undetermined; not assigned a specific value: an arbitrary constant.
noun, plural ar·bi·trar·ies.
arbitraries, Printing. (in Britain) peculiar(def 9).
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Origin of arbitrary
OTHER WORDS FROM arbitrary
ar·bi·trar·i·ly [ahr-bi-trer-uh-lee, ahr-bi-trair-] /ˈɑr bɪˌtrɛr ə li, ˌɑr bɪˈtrɛər-/, adverbar·bi·trar·i·ness, nounnon·ar·bi·trar·i·ly, adverbnon·ar·bi·trar·i·ness, noun
non·ar·bi·trar·y, adjectiveun·ar·bi·trar·i·ly, adverbun·ar·bi·trar·y, adjective
Words nearby arbitrary
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British Dictionary definitions for arbitraries
/ (ˈɑːbɪtrərɪ) /
founded on or subject to personal whims, prejudices, etc; capricious
having only relative application or relevance; not absolute
(of a government, ruler, etc) despotic or dictatorial
maths not representing any specific valuean arbitrary constant
law (esp of a penalty or punishment) not laid down by statute; within the court's discretion
Derived forms of arbitraryarbitrarily, adverbarbitrariness, noun
Word Origin for arbitrary
C15: from Latin arbitrārius arranged through arbitration, uncertain
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