noun, plural ar·bi·trar·ies.
Origin of arbitrary
Examples from the Web for arbitrarily
Many of the others were arbitrarily sentenced under similar charges of “acting” or “conspiring” against national security.
In reality, the Iraqi borders had been arbitrarily drawn and disregarded 2,000 years of tribal, sectarian, and nomadic occupation.
If the IRS can target and discriminate against one group of Americans, it can arbitrarily do it to anyone.The IRS Will Come for You Next, Unless Congress Acts Now|Matt Kibbe|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yet the current debate is arbitrarily restricted to the chief public component of the American retirement system, Social Security.
Who wants to leave their cash in an institution that unilaterally and arbitrarily reduces its deposit insurance commitment?
He arbitrarily rejected all that had been done before his time.Celebrated Travels and Travellers|Jules Verne
How do you treat two words, not nouns, arbitrarily used as a name?Compound Words|Frederick W. Hamilton
If not, then how vaguely and arbitrarily these occult powers work!A Spring Walk in Provence|Archibald Marshall
In any event, man's fate was to be arbitrarily fixed forever by an unknown power superior to all law, and to all fact.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
It has been turned into an arbitrarily written version of the battle which ended in Hadding's defeat.Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3|Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
Word Origin for arbitrary
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.