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adjective     arbitrary pronunciation in British English
  1. not based on any particular plan, or not done for any particular reason

    an arbitrary decision

    The selection of the 100 participants was completely arbitrary.

    1. a.
      used about actions that are considered to be unfair

      This is a country where arbitrary arrests are commonplace.

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     arbitrarily pronunciation in British English
/ˈɑː(r)bɪtrərəli/    arbitrarily pronunciation in British English
/ˌɑː(r)bɪˈtreərəli/ adverb
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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