Arbitrary constant
Arbitrary Ar"bi*tra*ry, a. [L. arbitrarius, fr. arbiter: cf. F. arbitraire. See {Arbiter}.] 1. Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. [1913 Webster]

It was wholly arbitrary in them to do so. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Rank pretends to fix the value of every one, and is the most arbitrary of all things. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

2. Exercised according to one's own will or caprice, and therefore conveying a notion of a tendency to abuse the possession of power. [1913 Webster]

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused licentiousness. --Washington. [1913 Webster]

3. Despotic; absolute in power; bound by no law; harsh and unforbearing; tyrannical; as, an arbitrary prince or government. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Arbitrary constant}, {Arbitrary function} (Math.), a quantity of function that is introduced into the solution of a problem, and to which any value or form may at will be given, so that the solution may be made to meet special requirements.

{Arbitrary quantity} (Math.), one to which any value can be assigned at pleasure. [1913 Webster]


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