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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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Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi told The Daily Star that the number of staff who were laid off in an arbitrarily manner was not that significant.
A player cannot arbitrarily decide he is receiving racial abuse and walk off.
The regime has continued to arbitrarily arrest and imprison political activists and journalists, even after the new regime led by former junta PM Thein Sein took office on 30 March 2011.
5 days gas supply arbitrarily and contradicting clear-cut directions from the President for providing uninterrupted gas supply to textile for five days a week.
Global Banking News-March 24, 2011--German landesbank cautions arbitrarily designed stress tests(C)2011 ENPublishing - http://www.
The company backed by Tata Power, India's largest power utility, broke norms and propriety to arbitrarily increase a monthly fixed amount it charges consumers, the DERC had found.
The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that a board of tax appeals could not arbitrarily allocate value between land and improvements, even when the property's total value was properly assessed.
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims reversed a VA policy that arbitrarily interpreted "service in the Republic of Vietnam" to mean only service on land areas of Vietnam and not waters offshore within its national boundaries.
People are arbitrarily rounded up in the streets or fields, or even hospitals, loaded into trucks and dumped at isolated border posts.
While it will be arbitrarily placed in the country category by some, Ms.
The trial judge found Labaye guilty as charged and the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the conviction only to have the Supreme Court of Canada arbitrarily acquit the club operator.
State law forbids cities and counties from arbitrarily lowering speed limits, in an effort to stop cities from creating ``speed traps'' to generate ticket revenue.