Meaning of ARBITRARY in English


— arbitrarily /ahr"bi trer'euh lee, ahr'bi trair"-/ , adv. — arbitrariness , n.

/ahr"bi trer'ee/ , adj., n., pl. arbitraries .


1. subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion: an arbitrary decision.

2. decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute.

3. having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical: an arbitrary government.

4. capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.

5. Math. undetermined; not assigned a specific value: an arbitrary constant.


6. arbitraries , Print. (in Britain) peculiar (def. 9).

[ 1400-50; late ME arbitrarius uncertain (i.e., depending on an arbiter's decision). See ARBITER, -ARY ]

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