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adjective (UNFAIR)    /ˈɑː.bɪ.trər.i/ US  /ˈɑːr.bə.trer-/ 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.Unfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness arbitrarily     /ˌɑː.bɪˈtreə.rɪ.li/ US  /ˌɑːr.bɪˈtrer.ɪ-/ adverb We made the decision to go to Italy quite arbitrarily.Chance and randomness arbitrariness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Chance and randomness
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