Arbitrary - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɑːrbətreri|  American pronunciation of the word arbitrary
Brit.  |ˈɑːbɪt(rə)ri|  British pronunciation of the word arbitrary


- based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

an arbitrary decision
the arbitrary rule of a dictator
an arbitrary penalty
of arbitrary size and shape
an arbitrary choice


An arbitrary number has been assigned to each district.

I don't know why I chose that one; it was a completely arbitrary decision.

Although arbitrary arrests are illegal, they continue to occur in many parts of the country.

Their whole scheme of interpretation is purely arbitrary.

His arbitrary decision led to a confrontation.

The conduct of the Archbishop appears to have been arbitrary and harsh.

the arbitrary arrests of political opponents

the arbitrary rule of a dictator

arbitrary division of the group into halves

The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.

The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary

growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary

an apparently arbitrary and reasonless change

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