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1The quality of being based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system:‘disparate peoples were forced together by the arbitrariness of a colonial map-maker's pen’
- ‘The plays were a return to the theme of the arbitrariness yet inevitability of death.’
- ‘At first glance, this passage seems designed merely to call our attention to the arbitrariness of geographical associations.’
- ‘The coupling of experience to words is arbitrary, just as there's some arbitrariness to the coupling of one word with another.’
- ‘The mock trial scene of his divorce further helps to unveil this arbitrariness of language.’
- ‘He reveals the arbitrariness of race in his fragmented self.’
- ‘He argues that arbitrariness of corrupt transactions adversely impacts on capital inflows, providing a reason that corruption is more harmful than taxes.’
- ‘The collection examines the arbitrariness of color lines drawn both between and within races.’
- ‘These two failures suggest a degree of arbitrariness in the Foster range tests.’
- ‘Philosophy and history persistently argue the inherent arbitrariness of what we call reality.’
- ‘Moreover, the arbitrariness of colonial power served to twist changing interests and strategies in unpredictable ways.’
2A lack of restraint in the use of authority; autocracy:‘the law protects the people against the arbitrariness of those in office’
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