HyperDic: arbitrary

English > 1 sense of the word arbitrary:
ADJECTIVEallarbitrarybased on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
arbitrary > pronunciation
Soundsaa'rbahtreh.riy; aa'rbihtreh.riy
Rhymesaccusatory ... zealotry: 432 rhymes with riy...
English > arbitrary: 1 sense > adjective 1
MeaningBased on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice.
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"
Narrowerabsolutenot limited by law
capricious, impulsive, whimsicalDetermined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
discretionary, discretionalHaving or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment
Oppositenonarbitrary, unarbitrarynot subject to individual determination
Spanisharbitrario
Catalanarbitrari
Nounsarbitrarinessthe trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

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