Definition of arbitrarily adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɑːbɪˈtrerəli//
    , BrE//ˈɑːbɪtrəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːrbəˈtrerəli//
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  1. 1in a way that does not seem to be based on a reason, system or plan and sometimes seems unfair The leaders of the groups were chosen arbitrarily.
  2. 2(formal) in a way that uses power without restriction and without considering other people The political frontiers in Africa were often arbitrarily drawn up by the old colonial powers.