(comparative more arbitrarily, superlative most arbitrarily)
- In an arbitrary manner.
- To an arbitrary degree.
arbitrary + -ly
Variant of arbitrary
- not fixed by rules, but left to one's judgment or choice; discretionary: arbitrary decision, arbitrary judgment
- based on one's preference, notion, whim, etc.; capricious: young children and their arbitrary rules for games
- absolute; despotic
Origin of arbitraryClassical Latin arbitrarius ; from arbiter, arbiter