Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In an arbitrary manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an arbitrary manner; by will only; despotically; absolutely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an arbitrary manner; at will; capriciously; without sufficient reason; in an irresponsible or despotic way.

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

  • adv. in a random manner

Etymologies

arbitrary +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is worth remembering that mine is still the only "official" Parliamentary game a title arbitrarily bestowed on myself, as I ran a Parliamentary Fantasy League last season and of course ran a Parliamentary World Cup so please do ensure you register using the code here before playing.

    A Rival Parliamentary Fantasy Football League

  • But in the law of war, according to the courts, killing arbitrarily is okay; capturing arbitrarily is not.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Defamation by Government Still Political Question

  • They seem to feel that a symbol is some mysterious thing put in arbitrarily by the writer to frighten the common reader — sort of a literary Masonic grip that is only for the initiated …

    2007 March 21 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Associated Press Tony Kushner The more carefully I scrutinized the press release announcing that Mr. Kushner was to be the first recipient of "the Mimi," to use the nickname arbitrarily bestowed upon the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award by its creators, the more puzzled I became.

    Payday for Tony Kushner

  • The only vote they should have is on whether they want their prison term arbitrarily extended or not.

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  • I always suspected that if Poetry is inherently a matter of interconnections (what we Pinoys also call pakikiramdam and what I lately have been calling algebraic as a result of three months of tutoring a 13-year-old boy in four years worth of math), such a book can hold together -- also recall Gertrude Stein's observation (I paraphrase) about how a word arbitrarily placed next to another word will rub together for some unexpected frisson if not generate some meaning.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Most of the cast die heroically, stupidly, or arbitrarily, which is realistic enough.

    Reviews Too Late: Saints and Soldiers

  • The figure of Christ has thus become something more than a mere name arbitrarily given by us to some nameless god.

    The Complex Vision

  • Slashing payments to physicians arbitrarily, which is what IPAB would do, would only serve to drive doctors out of Medicare and therefore make it more difficult for seniors to get access to care.

    Fore, right!

  • If you find the idea of arbitrarily changing the date of Easter an offensive prospect, let us (in short) remember that this was but an ingenious April Fool's joke, and this weak and idle theme no more yielding but a dream - and then, perhaps we can take a moment to consider more seriously certain benefits that might avail to us if we did reconsider the date of Easter.

    Akma

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