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What does "Arbitrary" mean?


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

Synonyms capricious, absolute, whimsical, discretionary, impulsive, discretional

Example: "An arbitrary decision"

Word Family arbitrarily, arbitrariness