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Synonyms for arbitrary

Synonyms for arbitrary

determined or marked by whim or caprice rather than reason

based on individual judgment or discretion

Antonyms for arbitrary

based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

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The movement of humanity, arising as it does from innumerable arbitrary human wills, is continuous.
But to arrive at these laws, resulting from the sum of all those human wills, man's mind postulates arbitrary and disconnected units.
Bentham and others, have strongly insisted on their arbitrary value.
Second, the cipher systems are absolutely arbitrary and unscientific, applied to any writings whatever can be made to 'prove' anything that one likes, and indeed have been discredited in the hands of their own inventors by being made to 'prove' far too much.
The breach steadily widened until in 1642, under the arbitrary rule of Charles I, the Civil War broke out.
since so many arbitrary acts are daily committed by magistrates who have not this excuse to plead for themselves.
People lost their humanity, and took values as arbitrary as those in a pack of playing-cards.
Big thoughts were the Prince's; and it was always with a shake of his head that he considered the subjugation of the world to the arbitrary measures of Time.
in other words, for making an arbitrary misuse of your position.
For a while, she was much bewildered; and after waiting about two weeks, until she became acquainted with her new locality, and somewhat familiar with the inmates, the attempt was made to give her knowledge of arbitrary signs, by which she could interchange thoughts with others.
There was one of two ways to be adopted: either to go on to build up a language of signs on the basis of the natural language which she had already commenced herself, or to teach her the purely arbitrary language in common use: that is, to give her a sign for every individual thing, or to give her a knowledge of letters by combination of which she might express her idea of the existence, and the mode and condition of existence, of any thing.
GENEVA, Sept 14 (KUNA) -- United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) called on international governments Monday to broaden guidelines and procedures against arbitrary detention and on the rights of anyone deprived of their liberty by arrest or detention.
KARACHI -- Taking notice of the arbitrary raise in fee by the private schools, Karachi Commissioner, Shoaib Siddiqui on Thursday ordered the private schools to withdraw increases in fees.
Tenders are invited for Supply of Arbitrary Waveform Generator
NNA - Member of the parliamentary bloc Change and Reform, MP Simon Abi Ramia said Tuesday at a press conference in front of the Casino du Liban that the decision to lay off 191 employees was arbitrary and taken in dark rooms.