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1On the basis of random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system:‘recurrent infection is arbitrarily defined as three or more infections a year’
2Without restraint in the use of authority; autocratically:‘everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained’
- ‘The cases were arbitrarily submitted to procedures.’
- ‘There is no authority to detain arbitrarily.’
- ‘He was arbitrarily arrested by local police allegedly without a warrant and in violation of his rights.’
- ‘There was no evidence that the police acted in bad faith or arbitrarily when issuing those orders.’
- ‘In particular, no one may be arbitrarily arrested and detained.’
- ‘It states that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.’
- ‘They resolved that the king's bench had acted arbitrarily and illegally.’
- ‘It was argued that the courts arbitrarily rejected their compensation claim by applying a stricter standard of proof than to past compensation claims.’
- ‘The rules of due process were designed to ensure that the government cannot arbitrarily imprison innocent people.’
- ‘Regulations issued by the Imperial Army spelled out procedures intended to ensure that prisoners weren't punished arbitrarily.’
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