Meaning of ARBITRARY in English


If you describe an action, rule, or decision as ~, you think that it is not based on any principle, plan, or system. It often seems unfair because of this.

Arbitrary arrests and detention without trial were common.

ADJ disapproval


The victims were not chosen arbitrarily.

ADV: ADV with v

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