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Meaning & Definition of Arbitrary in English

English

Arbitrary

/ɑrbətrɛri/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • arbitrary

Examples of using

C++0x will admit template functions that take an arbitrary number of arguments.
Our decision to go to Portugal was quite arbitrary.