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A skeptical person will object that the definition of lift as a force acting at a right angle to the airstream is arbitrary.

The 1,000 jobs lost due to arbitrary border restrictions are essential to the 1,000 families that somehow depended on their wages.

I looked at that and I say that seems quite arbitrary to me, because you can get coronavirus any time of the day.

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In March, many initially set an arbitrary reopening date of Labor Day 2020.

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First, a principle of quantum mechanics called the no-cloning theorem says that it’s impossible to copy an arbitrary quantum state, so qubits can’t be duplicated.

The truth is that Judd is really just picking an arbitrary number since there is no script.

The problem is that those restrictions—like jumping from a 24- to a 72-hour waiting period—seem fairly arbitrary.

Pinker is not a self-appointed enforcer of arbitrary rules, and he has little patience for purists, prigs, and pedants.

Like Silver, I question the seemingly arbitrary cutoffs and weighting of the data Wang uses in his model.

Time and time again, we see women being asked to ace some arbitrary test in order to be deemed model victims.

The great dyke which kept out arbitrary power had been broken.

Wherever there is arbitrary rule, there must be necessity, on the part of the dominant classes, superiority be assumed.

However arbitrary, there are certain policies that regulate all well organized institutions and corporate bodies.

This, Williston says, is an arbitrary refusal of the court to enforce the contract that the parties made and seems unwarranted.

Depend upon it you will always be properly opposed in such arbitrary measures.


On this page you'll find 100 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to arbitrary, such as: capricious, discretionary, erratic, frivolous, inconsistent, and irrational.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.