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ARBITRARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does arbitrary mean? 

ARBITRARY (adjective)
  The adjective ARBITRARY has 1 sense:

1. based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

  Familiarity information: ARBITRARY used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ARBITRARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

Context examples:

an arbitrary decision / the arbitrary rule of a dictator / an arbitrary penalty / of arbitrary size and shape / an arbitrary choice / arbitrary division of the group into halves

Similar:

absolute (not limited by law)

capricious; impulsive; whimsical (determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason)

discretional; discretionary (having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment)

Antonym:

nonarbitrary (not subject to individual determination)


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