[ˈɑːbɪtɹəɹɪ], [ˈɑːbɪtɹəɹɪ], [ˈɑː_b_ɪ_t_ɹ_ə_ɹ_ɪ]

Definitions of arbitrary:

  1.   Arbitrarily. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Determined solely by one's own judgment or good pleasure; exercised according to one's own discretion; subject to the will or control of no other; absolute; despotic; capricious. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Depending on the will ( as of an arbiter): not bound by rules: despotic: absolute. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4.   ARBITRARINESS. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Despotic; tyrannical; guided by will only. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   Not fixed by rule or law; capricious; unreasonable; despotic. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Dictated by will; despotic. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Quotes for arbitrary:

  1. It took us a long time to find out that we had been lied to by our parents' generation. The moralities that were followed during our parents' generation were basically arbitrary This caused a rift between the two generations, which was brought on by the beatniks. – Peter Fonda
  2. 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
  3. Not to be offensive, not to be capricious, not to be arbitrary not to be neurotic, not to be an actor outer, you're just trying to get in and you're given so little time to get in gently, but it's always hard. – William Hurt
  4. The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice. – John Rawls
  5. Any Congressional agreement of an arbitrary time table to bring our troops home before we have accomplished our mission is unacceptable and could potentially increase the risk to our soldiers. – James T. Walsh

Usage examples for arbitrary:

  1. This assertion was arbitrary because we have just as much right to admit the existence of a human organism, not subject to observation, as we have to admit the existence of any other invisible, fantastic being. ” – On the Significance of Science and Art from What to Do? by Count Lyof N. Tolstoi
  2. The interest of the house must decide, not the arbitrary inclination of the individual. ” – The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State by Frederick Engels
  3. However arbitrary may be the use or application of words, their connexion with ideas is so necessary, that they cannot be words without it. ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  4. In some things method is arbitrary and it matters not which go before, or which follow after, but here they become essential, and so a great part of the matter itself. ” – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  5. Its arrangement, of course, is altogether arbitrary and cannot admit of any theory. ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. This was no arbitrary punishment, but the natural consequence. ” – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  7. The demands of Napoleon, arbitrary and oppressive as they were, by no means expressed his full intentions towards Portugal. ” – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  8. It was designed originally to secure a person from being detained in prison without due process of law, and it served as a mighty check upon arbitrary power. ” – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  9. As for Butcher Donnan himself, as soon as he got over dwelling upon the thrashing he meant to give Nipper when he caught him, the outlines of a broader, farther reaching, less arbitrary settlement began to form themselves in his mind. ” – Sweethearts at Home by S. R. Crockett
  10. The fact that the Commission had filed no report in September, the generous increase in salaries of its deputies, alleged instances of arbitrary conduct of its representatives, resulted in a resolution being introduced by Assemblyman Harry Polsley, demanding that the Commission be made the subject of legislative inquiry. ” – Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909 by Franklin Hichborn