Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of arbitrating; arbitration.
  • n. The judgment of an arbitrator or arbiter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The judgement of an arbiter or arbitrator; an arbitration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Determination; decision; arbitration.
  • n. The award of arbitrators.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The power or right to decide for one's self or for others; the power of absolute and final decision.
  • n. The act of deciding a dispute as an arbiter or arbitrator; the act of settling a claim or dispute which has been referred to arbitration; the absolute and authoritative settlement of any matter.
  • n. The decision or sentence pronounced by an arbiter.
  • n. Sometimes spelled arbitrement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of deciding as an arbiter; giving authoritative judgment

Etymologies

Middle English arbitrement, from Old French, from arbitrer, to judge; see arbitrage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I firmly believe in arbitrament by police magistrates and civil courts.

    With Funston's Men

  • Near four hundred years ago, as your grace knoweth, there being ill blood betwixt John, king of England, and the king of France, it was decreed that two champions should fight together in the lists, and so settle the dispute by what is called the arbitrament of God.

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  • Near four hundred years ago, as your grace knoweth, there being ill blood betwixt John, King of England, and the King of France, it was decreed that two champions should fight together in the lists, and so settle the dispute by what is called the arbitrament of God.

    The Prince and the Pauper, Part 4.

  • For anyone who wants to understand the total failure of the human spirit which war represents - and the utter disgust which must follow the "arbitrament" of war - must read the extract from Jean Giono's Le Grand Troupeau, which accompanies Louis Dauphin's bleak, rainswept painting, "Supply Route at Peronne".

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  • The arbitrament of war forces the abandonment of much of the old façade which hides this shift.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 13~ The Enlargement and Concentration of Political Power

  • At the end of that fight either we will have a arbitrament or we will get rid of leaders who aren't strong enough. it's a win-win situation.

    Omri Marcus: Six Easy Ways to End the Conflict in the Middle East

  • Poor William James, who invented this point of view, would be horrified at the use which is made of it; but when once the conception of objective truth is abandoned, it is clear that the question, ‘what shall I believe?’ is one to be settled, as I wrote in 1907, by ‘the appeal to force and the arbitrament of the big battalions,’ not by the methods of either theology or science.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » American Universities and the Nazis:

  • Or, if they should be so far admitted as furnishing a species of proof that no malice was intended in this sort of combat, from which fatal accidents do sometimes arise, it can only be so admitted when both parties are IN PARI CASU, equally acquainted with, and equally willing to refer themselves to, that species of arbitrament.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • We ask for a great navy, partly because we feel that no national life is worth having if the nation is not willing, when the need shall arise, to stake everything on the supreme arbitrament of war, and to pour out its blood, its treasure, and its tears like water, rather than submit to the loss of honor and renown.

    The Five of Hearts

  • And even as to the kinds of questions which were the staple of judicial business, it was not for courts to pass upon them as abstract, intellectual problems but only if a concrete, living contest between adversaries called for the arbitrament of law.

    Who will determine whether John McCain is a "natural-born citizen," qualified for the presidency?

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