meaning of arbitrary

arbitrary meaning in General Dictionary

based will or discernment maybe not influenced by any fixed rules as an arbitrary decision an arbitrary discipline

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  • predicated on or subject to individual discretion or choice or occasionally impulse or caprice
  • Dependent on will or discretion; perhaps not influenced by any fixed guidelines; because, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment.
  • Exercised based on one's very own might or caprice, and for that reason conveying a notion of a propensity to abuse the control of energy.
  • Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no legislation; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; because, an arbitrary prince or federal government.

arbitrary meaning in Legal Dictionary

adj. perhaps not supported by reasonable or substantial cause or reason. Usually it is found in reference to a judge's ruling.


arbitrary meaning in Law Dictionary

perhaps not supported by reasonable, solid, and significant cause, and without reason offered. Treloar v. Bigge, L. R. 9 Exch. 155.


arbitrary meaning in Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "deciding by an individual's own discretion," from Old French arbitraire (14c.) or directly from Latin arbitrarius "depending from the might, uncertain," from arbiter (see arbiter). The first meaning slowly descended to "capricious" and "despotic" (1640s). Relevant: Arbitrarily; arbitrariness.


arbitrary meaning in Business Dictionary

1. Centered on specific discretion, not on a goal criteria. 2. Considering bias or bias, instead of fact or reason. See in addition capricious.


arbitrary meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) based on will or discernment; not governed by any fixed guidelines; as, an arbitrary choice; an arbitrary discipline.

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  • (a.) Exercised based on a person's own might or caprice, and as a consequence conveying a notion of a propensity to abuse the control of power.
  • (a.) Despotic; absolute in energy; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; because, an arbitrary prince or government.

Sentence Examples with the word arbitrary

The invention of vowel-signs of diacritic points to distinguish similarly formed consonants, and of other orthographic signs, soon put a stop to arbitrary conjectures on the part of the readers.

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