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Arbitrary

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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... are not, while they all must be compatible to each other (more less) Thank you for your comment - Like the timescale, the rate of decline seems arbitrary. It could be rapid or not. I'm wondering if there was a first 'ancient' female that could successfully reproduce with a modern male?

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by BiologicalRush
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:10 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Human Gamete Compatibility Going Backwards
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Human Gamete Compatibility Going Backwards

... offspring would be likely. So, continue back in time with the modern sperm. Maybe back 10,000 or 100K years and try again (the actual time is arbitrary for the question). It seems that at some point, reproductive compatibility would begin a decline. At X years back, you see only 99% compatibility. ...

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by BiologicalRush
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Human Gamete Compatibility Going Backwards
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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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by ughaibu
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:57 am
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do We Have The Freedom Of Choice?
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Now, I may have not fully understood your example, as to me it still seems that you take the one exit you take based on the stimulus obtained from your environment. . . Determinism is a global thesis; a world is determined if the following three conditions obtain: 1) at all times the world has a de...

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by ughaibu
Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:14 am
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do We Have The Freedom Of Choice?
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Multiple reactions buffer and enzymatic special activity

In the scientific papers, If get stuck with the way they write that is kind of arbitrary for instance if you have an assay Buffer (10X) that is concentrated and if I dilute 3 ml of that by adding 30 ml of water which will bring the buffer concentration to 25 mM ...

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by dalin
Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:40 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Multiple reactions buffer and enzymatic special activity
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