arbitrary arbitrary  /ˈɑr bə ˌtrɛ ri/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

Usage(s):

  • The military court meted out a highly arbitrary punishment to the accused.

News

  1. Budget slashing hits most vulnerable - Sun, 16 Jun 2013 PST

    The first warnings about the spending cuts were dire. In March, as the sweeping $85 billion reductions known as sequestration kicked in, President Barack Obama called them “stupid” and “arbitrary” ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Spokesman-Review

  2. Sequester cuts hit poor, elderly, cancer patients

    In March, as the sweeping $85 billion reductions known as sequestration kicked in, President Barack Obama called them "stupid" and "arbitrary" and said they could thwart economic progress.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: KOMO Seattle

  3. Microsoft patches critical vulnerability in Office 2011 for Mac

    The latest update closes a hole that could allow arbitrary execution of code on an affected system. Originally posted at MacFixIt
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CNET

Quotes

  1. "As a result, we removed the arbitrary timetables for withdrawal and the restrictions on our military commanders that some in Congress had supported," Mr. Bush said, adding that the bill "reflects a consensus that the Iraqi government needs...
    on May 24, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Dallas Morning News

  2. "When members speak not of victory but of time limits, deadlines and other arbitrary measures, they are telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out," Cheney said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
    on Mar 12, 2007 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: USA Today

  3. "The lasting advantage of a peaceful and democratic ally in the heart of the Middle East could still be squandered by hasty withdrawal and arbitrary timelines," McCain said in Las Vegas. "And this is one of many problems in the shifting...
    on Aug 10, 2008 By: John McCain Source: ABC News

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