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1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. It was wholly arbitrary in them to do so. (Jer. Taylor) Rank pretends to fix the value of every one, and is the most arbitrary of all things. (Landor)

2. Exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power. Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused licentiousness. (Washington)

3. Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; as, an arbitrary prince or government.

(Science: mathematics) (Dryden) arbitrary constant, arbitrary function, one to which any value can be assigned at pleasure.

Origin: L. Arbitrarius, fr. Arbiter: cf. F. Arbitraire. See Arbiter.

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... will is at least as irrational as the denial of evolution, both are observable. If we deny that which is observably the case, then we have no non-arbitrary way in which to talk about the world. Human beings are social animals, so they need to be able to communicate, and this requires that they ...

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Multiple reactions buffer and enzymatic special activity

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