One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an arbitrary decision from the top’
capricious, whimsical, random, chance, erratic, unpredictable, inconsistent, wild, hit-or-miss, haphazard, casual
unmotivated, motiveless, unreasoned, unreasonable, unsupported, irrational, illogical, groundless, unjustifiable, unjustified, wanton
discretionary, personal, subjective
2‘the arbitrary power of a prince’
despotic, tyrannical, tyrannous, peremptory, summary, autocratic, dictatorial, authoritarian, draconian, autarchic, anti-democratic
oppressive, repressive, undemocratic, illiberal
imperious, domineering, high-handed
absolute, uncontrolled, unlimited, unrestrained
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