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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Arbitrary

ARBITRARY, adjective [Latin arbitrarious.]

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

ARBITRARY power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

2. Despotic; absolute in power; having no external control; as, an arbitrary prince or government.