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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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Contrast this with the proposals of the Welsh Government, who wish to taKe the right, without any mandate from the Welsh people, to rip organs willy-nilly from the barely, or even arguably, dead, without first seeKing their consent, and not only with no respect for the wishes of relatives but even by force of law against the deeply held, often religious, express wishes of said grieving relatives.
DAY Trust a Labour led government, presumably supported by Plaid Cymru, to hand over an open purse to councils from which they can spend our council tax willy-nilly on senseless and undesirable projects, as they have done in Anglesey like Llangefni Town Hall, the purchase of Graigwen at Amlwch and not forgetting the extravagant cost of running the overrated Oriel Mn, better known locally as The Birdcage, to quote only a few.
Dog owners are letting their pets run around willy-nilly from early morning to late evening.
I was led to believe that it was the Clintons who, in telling the American people that everyone deserved to own their own house, gave the banks free rein to lend willy-nilly to people who really shouldn't have been borrowing money.
It seems that speed limits are posted willy-nilly with little reference to local opinion.
Just as Ofsted do not slap such notices on willy-nilly, they only remove them after rigorous monitoring visits and inspections.
The DWP can no longer afford these extra extravagances - or the arrogance of shelling out the public money willy-nilly.
Borrowing willy-nilly from the latter--and why not?
Dear Editor, -The idea that Speed Enforcement Officers canchange speed limits willy-nilly (Letters: Post, Nov 6) shows how absurdly misinformed campaigners against speed enforcement, such as Mr Unwin, are.
That document, and subsequent ones, also note that extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are not to be selected willy-nilly but according to a specified order.
Yet nothing is done about fireworks going off willy-nilly day and night.
Otherwise, we could repeat the early years of the field of nuclear medicine, when patients were exposed willy-nilly to all sorts of radiation levels and types for all sorts of illnesses before the full effects of nuclear radiation on the body were known or even suspected.