arbitrary
ar·bi·trary /'är-bə-ˌtrer-ē/ adj
1: depending on individual discretion (as of a judge) and not fixed by standards, rules, or law
the manner of punishment is arbitrary
2 a: not restrained or limited in the exercise of power
an arbitrary government
b: marked by or resulting from the unrestrained exercise of power
protection from arbitrary arrest and detention
3 a: based on preference, bias, prejudice, or convenience rather than on reason or fact
an arbitrary standard
different provisions for the married and the unmarried were irrational and arbitrary — K. A. Cohen
b: existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance or as an unreasonable act of individual will without regard for facts or applicable law
— often used in the phrase arbitrary and capricious
an agency finding or conclusion of lack of evidence would be arbitrary and capricious if the record afforded no substantial basis for such a findingIrvin v. Hobby, 131 F. Supp. 851 (1955)
◇ Under section 706 of the Administrative Procedure Act, a court shall set aside an agency's action, findings, or conclusions determined upon review to be arbitrary.
ar·bi·trar·i·ly /ˌär-bə-'trer-ə-lē/ adv
ar·bi·trar·i·ness /'är-bə-ˌtrer-ē-nəs/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

arbitrary
I adjective according to desires, capricious, contrary to reason, determined by no principle, done at pleasure, fanciful, illogical, independent of law, independent of rule, infinitus, injudicious, irrational, libidinosus, nonrational, perverse, unaccountable, unjustified, unreasonable, unreasoned, without adequate determining principle, without consideration, without reason, without substantial cause associated concepts: arbitrary act, arbitrary action, arbitrary and capricious, arbitrary classification, arbitrary determination, arbitrary standards, arbitrary verdict II index contemptuous, dictatorial, disobedient, haphazard, irresponsible, tyrannous, unpredictable, unwarranted

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


arbitrary
adj.
At whim or at random instead of according to logic or rules; capricious.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


arbitrary
Based on individual discretion, not supported by fair or substantial cause or reason, such as discriminating against someone simply because they have a beard or other personal characteristic; often used in reference to a judge's ruling in a court case.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


arbitrary
adj.
1 Determined or founded on individual discretion, especially when based on one's opinion, judgment, or prejudice, rather than on fixed rules, procedures, or law.
2 Absolute; despotic; completely unreasonable; lacking any rational basis. This type of decision is often called arbitrary and capricious.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


arbitrary
Irrational; capricious.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


arbitrary
Irrational; capricious.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

arbitrary
adj.
   not supported by fair or substantial cause or reason. Most often it is used in reference to a judge's ruling.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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