arbitrariness arbitrariness  /ˈɑr bə ˌtrɛ ri nəs/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

Usage(s):

  1. It summed up two viewpoints on that quality in him which his friends called decisiveness and his enemies called arbitrariness.
  2. But it is more than a question of arbitrariness.
  3. The sickly child, who frequently dozes off into meditative states, becomes increasingly obsessed with the inevitability of death and the cruel arbitrariness of the caste system.

News

  • Iran's President-Elect Says All Must Bow To Voters' Wishes

    Iran's president-elect Hassan Rohani says the majority of Iranians voted for "moderation, reason, collective wisdom, moving along expert paths and refraining from extremism and arbitrariness", and the future administration will work within this framework.
    on June 30, 2013     Source: Payvand Iran News

Quotes

  1. It "needlessly and, in my view, improperly injects into what should be a full and open competition an element of arbitrariness and capriciousness," McCain said.
    on Sep 18, 2006 By: John McCain Source: Washington Post

  2. "There is tremendous arbitrariness to the death penalty. ...... the race of the victims has a lot to do with who winds up getting executed," said Barry Scheck, co-founder of the New York-based Innocence Project, a legal clinic that seeks to...
    on Nov 24, 2005 By: Barry Scheck Source: FOXNews

  3. "Rather than perform a thorough proportionality review to mitigate the heightened risks of arbitrariness and discrimination in this case, the Georgia Supreme Court carried out an utterly perfunctory review," Stevens said.
    on Oct 20, 2008 By: John Paul Stevens Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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