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Definition of 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.
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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