arbitrarily arbitrarily  /ˈɑr bɪ ˌtrɛ rə li/


  • (adv) in a random manner


  1. Yes, there's no reason to offend people of any faith arbitrarily.
  2. Out of loyalty to his country, Smith arbitrarily celebrates his birthday on the Fourth of July.
  3. He was traumatized by his experience with American Graffiti, where Universal arbitrarily cut five minutes from his finished version of the film.


  1. ACLU challenges 'no-fly' list; Las Cruces man among 13 plaintiffs in case being heard in Oregon (update)

    SANTA FE — A Las Cruces man and 12 other people who say they were arbitrarily banned from air travel by a mysterious federal decree seemed to gain ground Friday in their lawsuit against the U.S. government.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Las Cruces Sun-News

  2. Landowner Challenges Planning Agency in Md. Farm Road Case

    Laurana McCants owns property in an African American enclave in Sandy Spring where landowners allege the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has been arbitrarily standing in the way of the families' attempts to develop or sell their historic land.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: WUSA 9 Washington, D.C.

  3. Top UK court overturns sanctions on Iranian bank

    Britain's Supreme Court quashed sanctions against an Iranian bank penalized over its alleged links to Iran's nuclear weapons program, saying Wednesday that Bank Mellat had been arbitrarily singled out. ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News


  1. "The insurance companies aren't starting over. I just met with some of them on Thursday and they couldn't give me a straight answer as to why they keep arbitrarily and massively raising premiums - by as much as 60% in states like Illinois,"...
    on Mar 6, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: ABC News (blog)

  2. "Without mincing words, I am totally against the idea of MPs (members of parliament) adding salaries to themselves arbitrarily," Prime Minister Raila Odinga told journalists during his first news conference since being hospitalized on Monday....
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Raila Odinga Source: The Associated Press

  3. "I think it's important to remember that the discussions about timeline issues previously were from Democrats in Congress who wanted to arbitrarily retreat from Iraq - without consideration for conditions on the ground," White House deputy press...
    on Jul 18, 2008 By: Scott Stanzel Source: USA Today

Word of the Day
repudiate repudiate
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