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Ar·bi·tra·ry a.

1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment.

*It was wholly arbitrary in them to do so.* --*Jer. Taylor.*

*Rank pretends to fix the value of every one, and is the most arbitrary of all things.* --*Landor.*

2. Exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power.

*Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused licentiousness.* --*Washington.*

3. Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; as, an arbitrary prince or government.

--*Dryden.*

**Arbitrary constant**, **Arbitrary function** Math., a quantity of function that is introduced into the solution of a problem, and to which any value or form may at will be given, so that the solution may be made to meet special requirements.

**Arbitrary quantity** Math., one to which any value can be assigned at pleasure.

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