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arbitrary

1. Maths not representing any specific value
2. Law (esp of a penalty or punishment) not laid down by statute; within the court's discretion

arbitrary

Varying. Inconsistent. For example, many technical concepts, programming language commands and programming calls (APIs) have arbitrary names that were chosen without being carefully thought out. See naming fiascos.
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If then you say that every individual player can arbitrarily decide whether they are getting racist abuse or not then you could have five players walking off in every game because of what they have decided which is ridiculous.
Foreigners count for 100 percent of those held arbitrarily, with 81 percent of them having been convicted of illegal entry and/or stay, CLDH said.
Pandemic spread of an O3:K6 clone of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and emergence of related strains evidenced by arbitrarily primed PCR and toxRS sequence analyses.
A music class which I had attended, first at Winterbourne in Edgbaston Park Road, later at the less convenient Selly Oak campus, was arbitrarily cancelled because there were only 13 participants on the first day of term.
The razor wire-topped chain-link fence that snakes behind it all features pink triangles; conjured here is the arbitrarily cruel and potentially lethal world the gay child grows up in, if never quite out of.
The suit also charges that the ban arbitrarily interferes with Wexler and Blanton's economic liberty.
Unmentioned are the many unskilled people arbitrarily deprived of aid and forced into a desolate job market.
Many institutions shoot from the hip, whether it's arbitrarily capping the discount rate or arbitrarily picking a tuition increase and not really analyzing what it's going to mean in terms of retention or yield rates.
Too often, consumers moving to another area select a real estate professional arbitrarily, rather than obtaining a reliable recommendation.
Petersburg Times--caused the DMV to reverse its position and establish a committee to review all complaints before arbitrarily yanking a tag.
Such overloads might otherwise make it necessary to arbitrarily cut-off the supply to some sections of the distribution system to avoid a collapse of the complete system.
Visitors receive a card arbitrarily assigning them a racial classification: white or nonwhite.