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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
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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 notes that the courts should ordinarily refrain from interfering in the policymaking domain of the executive or in the award of contracts and should not substitute its decision for that of the latter unless the acts or omissions smack of arbitrariness, favouritism and a total disregard of the mandate of law.
"This is indeed the height of Trump-style arrogance, arbitrariness, and self-conceit."
04 ( ANI ): North Korea on Sunday slammed United States President Donald Trump's recent State of the Union (SOTU) address as "heights of arrogance" and "arbitrariness", according to its state media.
"Moreover, they trace the arbitrariness to the absence of an actual rebellion.
Throssell, in response to a reporter's question, said: "Our concern is really the fact that these executions were scheduled because of the expiration date of the drug, and you are absolutely right that adds to the arbitrariness and cruelty of the whole process."
The proposal also highlights a better, more flexible conception of "arbitrariness" review.
But it's my guess that arbitrariness is not only here to stay, but is the new future.
Moheb Aboud, a representative of the teachers' independent union, told Daily News Egypt that the law has several substantial problems, the most significant one being its arbitrariness in acknowledging the independent unions.
As Monday is the first full working day of the odd- even scheme, the government will not tolerate arbitrariness by any app- based taxi operator causing hardship to commuters.
Koenders, who is on a visit to Indonesia, says "it is terrible that these people have been killed by the arbitrariness of terror." --SPA 11:09 LOCAL TIME 08:09 GMT
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TE[pounds sterling]SyAD) released a statement on Wednesday after Turkish authorities appointed several trustees to replace the management of the ypek Koza Holding business, which houses media outlets, calling on the government to ease concerns over arbitrariness of the decision as well as press freedom.
On April 16, 2014, Safonov was accused of committing crimes for evasion from payment of customs duties and arbitrariness. The preventive measure in the form of imprisonment was selected.