1. arbitrary

adjective. ['ˈɑːrbəˌtrɛri, ˈɑːrbɪˌtrɛri'] based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice.


  • whimsical
  • discretional
  • discretionary
  • capricious
  • impulsive


  • incomplete
  • relative
  • alienable
  • equivocal


  • arbitrarie (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Arbitrary

  • actuary
  • ancillary
  • apothecary
  • arbitrary
  • aviary
  • budgetary
  • contemporary
  • customary
  • deflationary
  • dictionary
  • dietary
  • dignitary
  • disciplinary
  • discretionary
  • disinflationary
  • dispensary
  • diversionary
  • diversionary
  • dromedary
  • emissary

How do you pronounce arbitrary?

Pronounce arbitrary as ˈɑrbɪˌtrɛri.

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Sentences with arbitrary

1. Adjective
The multicolored LED lights on the I-Dog's face are more than just an arbitrary light show.

Quotes about arbitrary

1. I believe there should be no arbitrary date set for withdrawal and yet no permanent, unending deployment. No cut and run, yet measured progress in helping a people who want to be free without an illusion of overnight success.
- Rick Renzi

2. Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

3. Personally, I don't like the term 'success.' It's too arbitrary and too relative a thing. It's usually someone else's definition, not yours.
- Ichiro Suzuki