from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person agreed upon or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbiter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person who decides some point at issue between others; one who formally hears and decides a disputed cause submitted by common consent of the parties to arbitration.
  • noun One who has the power of deciding or prescribing according to his own absolute pleasure; an absolute governor, president, autocrat, or arbiter. See arbiter.
  • noun Synonyms Umpire, Referee, etc. See judge, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person, or one of two or more persons, chosen by parties who have a controversy, to determine their differences. See arbitration.
  • noun One who has the power of deciding or prescribing without control; a ruler; a governor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person to whom the authority to settle or judge a dispute is delegated.

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

  • noun someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue


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