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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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That is according to former Spurs and Ireland defender Stephen Kelly, who claims caps should not be handed out 'willy-nilly' Ireland boss Mick McCarthy suggested Parrott could play in next month's friendly against Bulgaria.
It's easy to imagine the way his career in the last two seasons has had a negative affect on him and, having been a great pro throughout his career, there is nothing to suggest this is something he does willy-nilly.
While other freight modes are increasing rates willy-nilly, water-based carriers report a mixed bag.
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In a previous letter, I stated the fact that I would be willing to pay towards the free bus pass, the free prescriptions and an increase in the council tax if the SNP Government were brave enough to introduce the same, as long as the money raised was spent on health and education and not squandered willy-nilly.
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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.
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WE keep hearing that there is a desperate need for adoptive parents, yet people seem to be rejected willy-nilly.