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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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Both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal had on occasion treated overbreadth as the central idea, with arbitrariness and gross disproportionality as subordinate aspects of that idea.
One of the most popular and influential arguments on behalf of this conclusion derives from reflection on the moral arbitrariness of birthplace.
Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in Insite on the question of arbitrariness are framed quite directly in terms of the burden of proof: for Rowles JA there was "ample" evidence to ground the trial judge's finding of arbitrariness, whereas for Smith JA this issue was characterized by a "lack of evidence.
Corruption has two characteristics: pervasiveness and arbitrariness (Rodriguez et al.
By focusing on how health is affected by the moral arbitrariness of luck, this book provides a new perspective on the ethics of national and international health policy.
That confirms the arbitrariness of their detention.
Concludes Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn, director of AI USA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty: 'There is a growing awareness of the racial bias, arbitrariness, and fallibility associated with the administration of the death penalty and many are seriously questioning the wisdom of retaining such a system"
Once we focus on legal protection from arbitrariness, then our quest to understand the history of the rule of law leads us right to the Magna Carta.
If we believe that the law is a pure invention of the human mind, then what we have traditionally called justice is sheer arbitrariness.
Notably, "without justifying the chosen 65%:35% split between decoupled and coupled aid, the Council has made choices whose arbitrariness violates the principle of proportionality", said the advocate general, whose advice is expected to be adopted by the full court.
The complete arbitrariness of their decisions is at the heart of the terror that this story inspires.
The arbitrariness of the windows now looks fashionable, based as it is on the functional requirements of the pigs and/or the farmer rather than a jokey translation of ordinariness.