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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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