arbitrary decision


arbitrary decision
decision which is based on one person's judgment, discretionary decision

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • arbitrary decision — A decision rendered by a court, or judge, or other officer exercising judicial functions which is based upon the will of the officer alone, and not upon any course of reasoning and exercise of judgment. Mutual Ben. Life Ins. Co. v Welch, 71 Okla… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Arbitrary — Ar bi*tra*ry, a. [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See {Arbiter}.] 1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. [1913 Webster] It was wholly arbitrary in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arbitrary constant — Arbitrary Ar bi*tra*ry, a. [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See {Arbiter}.] 1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. [1913 Webster] It was wholly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arbitrary function — Arbitrary Ar bi*tra*ry, a. [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See {Arbiter}.] 1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. [1913 Webster] It was wholly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arbitrary quantity — Arbitrary Ar bi*tra*ry, a. [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See {Arbiter}.] 1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. [1913 Webster] It was wholly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arbitrary — [är′bə trer΄ē] adj. [L arbitrarius < arbiter, ARBITER] 1. not fixed by rules, but left to one s judgment or choice; discretionary [arbitrary decision, arbitrary judgment] 2. based on one s preference, notion, whim, etc.; capricious [young… …   English World dictionary

  • arbitrary — arbitrarily /ahr bi trer euh lee, ahr bi trair /, adv. arbitrariness, n. /ahr bi trer ee/, adj., n., pl. arbitraries. adj. 1. subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one s discretion: an arbitrary… …   Universalium

  • arbitrary — ar•bi•trar•y [[t]ˈɑr bɪˌtrɛr i[/t]] adj. 1) subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one s discretion: an arbitrary decision[/ex] 2) decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute 3) gov… …   From formal English to slang

  • arbitrary — ar|bi|tra|ry [ˈa:bıtrəri, tri US ˈa:rbıtreri] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: arbitrarius depending on the decision of a judge, uncertain , from arbiter; ARBITER] decided or arranged without any reason or plan, often unfairly ▪ an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • arbitrary — ar|bi|trar|y [ arbı,treri ] adjective * not based on any particular plan or done for any particular reason: an arbitrary decision The selection of the 100 participants was completely arbitrary. a. used about actions that are considered to be… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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