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Nonarbitrary vs. Arbitrary — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Nonarbitrary and Arbitrary

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Nonarbitrary

Not arbitrary.
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Arbitrary

Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
An arbitrary decision
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Nonarbitrary

Not subject to individual determination
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Arbitrary

(of power or a ruling body) unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority
A country under arbitrary government
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Arbitrary

(of a constant or other quantity) of unspecified value.
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Arbitrary

Determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle
Stopped at the first motel we passed, an arbitrary choice.
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Arbitrary

Based on or subject to individual judgment or preference
The diet imposes overall calorie limits, but daily menus are arbitrary.
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Arbitrary

(Law) Relating to a decision made by a court or legislature that lacks a grounding in law or fact
An arbitrary penalty.
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Arbitrary

Not limited by law; despotic
The arbitrary rule of a dictator.
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Arbitrary

Based on individual discretion or judgment; not based on any objective distinction, perhaps even made at random.
Benjamin Franklin's designation of "positive" and "negative" to different charges was arbitrary.
The decision to use 18 years as the legal age of adulthood was arbitrary, as both age 17 and 19 were reasonable alternatives.
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Arbitrary

Determined by impulse rather than reason; heavy-handed.
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Arbitrary

(mathematics) Any, out of all that are possible.
The equation is true for an arbitrary value of x.
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Arbitrary

Determined by independent arbiter.
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Arbitrary

(linguistics) Not representative or symbolic; not iconic.
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Arbitrary

Anything arbitrary, such as an arithmetical value or a fee.
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Arbitrary

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

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.
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Arbitrary

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

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
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