### Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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**Arbitrary**
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**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.

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.