noun, plural ar·bi·trar·ies.
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A skeptical person will object that the definition of lift as a force acting at a right angle to the airstream is arbitrary.
The 1,000 jobs lost due to arbitrary border restrictions are essential to the 1,000 families that somehow depended on their wages.Border Report: The Lingering Trauma of Family Separation|Maya Srikrishnan|August 31, 2020|Voice of San Diego
I looked at that and I say that seems quite arbitrary to me, because you can get coronavirus any time of the day.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 31, 2020|Ozy
In March, many initially set an arbitrary reopening date of Labor Day 2020.I’m a physician and a CEO. Why I won’t bring my employees back to the office before Labor Day 2021|matthewheimer|August 26, 2020|Fortune
First, a principle of quantum mechanics called the no-cloning theorem says that it’s impossible to copy an arbitrary quantum state, so qubits can’t be duplicated.To live up to the hype, quantum computers must repair their error problems|Emily Conover|June 22, 2020|Science News
The truth is that Judd is really just picking an arbitrary number since there is no script.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pinker is not a self-appointed enforcer of arbitrary rules, and he has little patience for purists, prigs, and pedants.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Time and time again, we see women being asked to ace some arbitrary test in order to be deemed model victims.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse|Amy Zimmerman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gandley feels that any distinction between pro-anorexia sites and some healthy living sites are arbitrary.
“The basic aim of a democratic regime is to curb the use of arbitrary powers against its citizens,” West writes.
It was free to exclude from the meeting on arbitrary and even on frivolous grounds.A History of American Christianity|Leonard Woolsey Bacon
This process would be so arbitrary and inequitable in its operation as to be intolerable.Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government|T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
The atmosphere of an arbitrary regime engenders almost always "demonomania."Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
The arbitrary methods of Rosas, extended to foreigners resident within the land, had caused him to become embroiled with France.Uruguay|W. H. Koebel
Two hundred years ago, in 1765, nine assembled colonies first joined together to demand freedom from arbitrary power.