arbiter arbiter  /ˈɑr bɪ tər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
  2. (n) someone with the power to settle matters at will

Usage(s):

  1. Judge Sullivan is a strict arbiter and is not taken in by the gimmicks of the lawyers.
  2. In a world of ever changing values who will be the final arbiter of morality?
  3. Cynthia plans to contest the charge before a state arbiter next month.

News

  1. Designers Think Apple's New Flat iOS Look Is 'Ugly' and 'Harsh' and Blinding

    After years of complaints about Apple's cheesy, outdated, and decidedly "skeuomorphic" iPhone software look, the company and its geek design god Johnny Ive have unveiled iOS 7 and, well, nobody in the design-geek set really likes it. Well, not nobody: The Wall Street Journal, that arbiter of cool, called it "cool." And the Apple-obsessed blogger John Gruber wrote a whole post praising Ive's new ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. Turkey protests a new threat to Syria peace efforts

    Istanbul, Turkey (UPI) Jun 7, 2013 Europeans are worried Turkey's handling of protests over a minor urban development in Istanbul is damaging the whole EU-NATO peacemaking and security project in Syria. Turkey has staked its reputation as a non-partisan, non-Arab arbiter of disputes and flare-ups in its neighborhood and as the modern inheritor of the mantle of the old Ottoman Empire. Arabs ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Space War

  3. MESSENGER Team Names Ten Major Fault Scarps On Mercury

    April Flowers for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online Recently, the MESSENGER Science Team proposed names for 10 rupes on Mercury. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), which has been the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since 1919, approved the names. In keeping with the theme of naming rupes on Mercury, they all bear the names of ships of discovery. Rupes is the Latin ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: redOrbit

Quotes

  1. "The more we learn about Ms. Kagan's work as a political adviser and political operative, the more questions arise about her ability to make the necessary transition from politics to neutral arbiter," said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky,...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Boston Globe

  2. "Regardless of my personal opinion about the death penalty, I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime," Richardson said in a...
    on Mar 18, 2009 By: Bill Richardson Source: CNN

  3. "Iran, at the end of the day, clearly played a role as an arbiter," Petraeus said.
    on Aug 30, 2006 By: David Petraeus Source: Leading The Charge

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