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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

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

I make a distinction between manners and etiquette - manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures.
Judith Martin

The intelligent ruler makes the law select men and makes no arbitrary appointment himself; he makes the law measure merits and makes no arbitrary judgment himself.
Han Fei

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

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