Character 9
Hyphenation ar bi tra ry
Pronunciations N/A

Definitions and meanings of "Arbitrary"

What do we mean by arbitrary?

Determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle. adjective

Based on or subject to individual judgment or preference. adjective

Relating to a decision made by a court or legislature that lacks a grounding in law or fact. adjective

Not limited by law; despotic. adjective

Not regulated by fixed rule or law; determinable as occasion arises; subject to individual will or judgment; discretionary.

In law, properly determinable by the choice or pleasure of a tribunal, as distinguished from that which should be determined according to settled rules or the relative rights or equities of the parties.

Uncontrolled by law; using or abusing unlimited power; despotic; tyrannical.

Not characterized by or manifesting any overruling principle; fixed, determined, or performed at will; independent of rule or control.

Ungoverned by reason; hence, capricious; uncertain; unreasonable; varying; changeful: as, an arbitrary character.

Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules adjective

Exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power. adjective

Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical. adjective

A quantity of function that is introduced into the solution of a problem, and to which any value or form may at will be given, so that the solution may be made to meet special requirements. adjective

One to which any value can be assigned at pleasure. adjective

Based on individual discretion or judgment; not based on any objective distinction, perhaps even made at random. adjective

Determined by impulse rather than reason; heavy-handed. adjective

Any and all possible. adjective

Determined by independent arbiter. adjective

Based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice adjective

Anything arbitrary, such as an arithmetical value or a fee.

Made without reason Urban Dictionary

Based on random or merely personal preference Urban Dictionary

A word that is overused by Maths lecturers. Urban Dictionary

They shoved a stick up their bums and made it up. Urban Dictionary

Capricious randomly chosen tyrannical Urban Dictionary

A word overused by chemistry professors. Urban Dictionary

Definitions on urban dictionary. Things decided by anonymous people and presented as fact Urban Dictionary

Perfect word for when your vocabulary is ass and you want to describe something as being disagreeable. Also an indicator that you choke on chodes for fun. Urban Dictionary

Something determined by chance, whim or impulse and not by nessessity or principle that is burdonsome or an unfair demand. Urban Dictionary

When a person spends time showing face at a place of work, family gathering, or at some other public or private commitment, for no other utility or purpose but for the sake of showing face. Urban Dictionary

Synonyms and Antonyms for Arbitrary

The word "arbitrary" in example sentences

“But I know people that define art as anything that somebody has claimed to be art, effectively rendering the term arbitrary and useless.” ❋ Unknown (2008)

Ethnic tribes that still hold on to the dream of a unified Pashtun nation refuse to recognize what they call an "arbitrary line". ❋ Unknown (2011)

The development is contained in a report by the Obama administration, International Strategy for Cyberspace, in which the US for the first time sets out a strategy for dealing with the expansion of the internet and what it describes as "arbitrary and malicious disruption". ❋ Unknown (2011)

ALHAMA DE MURCIA, Spain VN – Saxo Bank-Sungard boss Bjarne Riis blasted UCI leadership over what he called an arbitrary ban on race radio and said the cycling governing body is out of touch with the elite level of the sport. ❋ Unknown (2011)

The existence of what we called arbitrary coherence. ❋ Unknown (2008)

The Bush administration saying it will not accept what it calls arbitrary dates for troop withdrawals. ❋ Unknown (2008)

She used the meeting to single out Syria for criticism on its human rights record, especially what she calls arbitrary detentions of democracy activists in that country. ❋ Unknown (2005)

If I do that that is interpreted as structuring and at their discretion what we call arbitrary enforcement, anybody in law enforcement understands what this means, under civil law. ❋ D'Epiro, Peter (2001)

If you weren't meeting what you call the arbitrary goals of balancing the budget, and you were merely trying to get the savings you needed to keep the Medicare trust fund solvent, how much would you need? ❋ ITY National Archives (1995)

ALGIERS - Amnesty International expressed concern about what it called arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and torture of detainees and fatal shooting of unarmed civilians in Algeria. ❋ Unknown (1992)

There is, first, what he described as arbitrary individuality, an individuality which is given by the mind of the observer and does not actually exist in the thing considered. ❋ Unknown (1904)

On Friday, Human Rights Watch denounced what it called arbitrary detentions and said freed detainees interviewed reported incidents of beatings and abuse. ❋ Unknown (2011)

It was founded just two years ago as a pro-business party promoting free-market reforms, the rule of law and an end to what it calls the "arbitrary rule of corrupt officialdom". ❋ Unknown (2011)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a scathing statement, calling the attack a big mistake, and warning U.S. and NATO forces to stop what he calls "arbitrary and unnecessary operations that were killing innocent civilians every day." ❋ Unknown (2011)

Alexander made clear that he would be uneasy about imposing what he called an "arbitrary" change. ❋ Nicholas Watt (2011)

[categories] are arbitrary ❋ Bapkin (2016)

Both [computers] cost the same and had the same features, [so in] the end I made an arbitrary [decision] about which to buy. ❋ LarstaiT (2003)

"That is an arbitrary [antelope]!!" "What an arbitrary [aston martin]" ❋ A. Physicist (2011)

The breed standards for [Dalmations] are completely arbitrary. Who the [frick] cares if the [spots] touch each other or not? ❋ Letmenot211 (2010)

❋ Anonymous (2003)

Your arbitrary [grades] are [arbitrarily] assigned. ❋ SickKittytheCat (2020)

[Laws] are [arbitrary] in [nature] ❋ OfCourse (2015)

“You see that strange kid over there [choking] on small cocks?” “Yeah?” “He called my shoes [arbitrary] earlier.” “Damn that’s arbitrary.” “[No doubt].” “[Arbitrary].” “Stop saying that.” ❋ SillySkinTags (2020)

"[I do apologize] for what must seem to you an [arbitrary imposition], Dr. [Freeman]. ❋ JuicyChodeWeiner420 (2020)

I put in a 12 hour [shift] at the office with my door open, 8 hours of which was actually work, [4 hours] of which was totally [arbitrary facetime]. ❋ Barbitrary F. (2018)

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