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Definition of Arbitrary

Arbitrary

  1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment.
  2. Exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power.
  3. Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; as, an arbitrary prince or government.

Arbitrary Quotations

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
Marshall McLuhan

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
Margaret Mead

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
Stephen Hawking

You hear a lot about God these days: God, the beneficent; God, the all-great; God, the Almighty; God, the most powerful; God, the giver of life; God, the creator of death. I mean, we're hearing about God all the time, so we better learn how to deal with it. But if we know anything about God, God is arbitrary.
Bob Dylan

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead
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Arbitrary Translations

arbitrary in Dutch is willekeurig, arbitrair, eigenmachtig
arbitrary in Finnish is mielivaltainen
arbitrary in French is arbitraire
arbitrary in Italian is arbitrario
arbitrary in Spanish is arbitrario
arbitrary in Swedish is godtycklig

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