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  • a  based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
    an arbitrary decision
    the arbitrary rule of a dictator
    an arbitrary penalty
    of arbitrary size and shape
    an arbitrary choice
    arbitrary division of the group into halves

  • The military court meted out a highly arbitrary punishment to the accused.
  • Of all the things that shape who we are, few seem more arbitrary than the sequence in which we and our siblings pop out of the womb.
  • Mathematical statements in such systems were, it then became apparent, merely precisely structured patterns made up of arbitrary symbols.
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  • President Bush in Dallas Morning News
    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...
  • Vice President Dick Cheney in USA Today
    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.
  • John McCain in ABC News
    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...

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