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arbitrary

adjective uk   /ˈɑː.bɪ.trər.i/ us    /ˈɑːr.bə.trer-/

arbitrary adjective (CHANCE)

C2 based on chance rather than being planned or based on reason: arbitrary decision-making Did you have a reason for choosing your destination or was it arbitrary?
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arbitrary adjective (UNFAIR)

disapproving using unlimited personal power without considering other people's wishes: an arbitrary ruler The company has been the subject of an arbitrary take-over.
arbitrarily
adverb uk   /ˌɑː.bɪˈtreə.rɪ.li/ us    /ˌɑːr.bɪˈtrer.ɪ-/
We made the decision to go to Italy quite arbitrarily.
arbitrariness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “arbitrary”
in Spanish arbitrario…
in French arbitraire…
in German willkürlich…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偶然, 任意的, 隨機的…
in Russian произвольный…
in Turkish keyfi, isteğe göre düzenlenen, rastgele…
in Chinese (Simplified) 偶然, 任意的, 随机的…
in Polish przypadkowy, arbitralny…
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