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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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It isn't going to go away overnight - and we cannot start closing down takeaways willy-nilly.
When one finds dirty streets in Manila and Cebu, with electrical wires hanging willy-nilly, and with squatter shacks and gated communities found cheek by jowl, we have very little to boast about, besides the irony of finding so many smiling people who seem incomprehensibly cheerful amid all the squalor.
Plus don't apply willy-nilly, that marks your credit file.
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Fining repeat offenders who pull their kids out of school willy-nilly is one thing but this family sound like they did what was right at the time for the emotional wellbeing of their family
So, here's my prescription for huge NHS savings: cure GPs' willy-nilly drug-prescribing mania.
There is nothing we can do and willy-nilly we have to wait.
If game sharing becomes a full-fledged feature in the future, we wonder whether gamers will be able to pass on games willy-nilly to anyone they want or whether they could sell their used games to their buddies at heavily discounted rates.
The carnage continues as councils approve planning applications willy-nilly in the false name of job creation and the greedy pursuit of business rates.
On being prodded by TV channels, the SSP willy-nilly revealed that any one who interferes with official business can face a year-long prison.