ar·​bi·​tra·​tor | \ ˈär-bə-ˌtrā-tər How to pronounce arbitrator (audio) \

Definition of arbitrator

: one that arbitrates a dispute : arbiter an impartial arbitrator

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Examples of arbitrator in a Sentence

Both sides agreed to accept a decision by an impartial arbitrator. the couple finally agreed to let the salesclerk be the final arbitrator and tell them which shirt looked best
Recent Examples on the Web The arbitrator can uphold the suspension, reduce the number of games or overturn the suspension entirely. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 The problem is who will be the arbitrator of what gets into our schools. Jason Fields, The Week, 19 Apr. 2022 But the union was dealt a blow when the arbitrator in February said the city did not violate its collective bargaining agreements with the FOP and other police unions in laying out its COVID-19 vaccination policy last year. Paige Fry,, 13 Apr. 2022 Moreover, even if a neutral arbitrator were to reduce or overturn Bauer’s suspension, the Dodgers are still within their rights to cut Bauer from their roster. Marc Edelman, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Barring a settlement, the sides will proceed to a three-person hearing, with lawyers from MLB and the Players' Association (and any of Bauer's representation agreed upon by the MLBPA), along with an arbitrator. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 Former President Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been ordered to pay nearly $1.3 million in legal fees to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman by a New York court arbitrator. Laura Romero, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Democrats who pushed for the deal warned that rejecting the package could lead to an arbitration award of 3% per year or higher because an arbitrator recently granted a 3% award for some state employees in another contract. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 Other unions representing city workers, including firefighters, sought to do the same but failed when an arbitrator sided with the city in December. Gregory Pratt,, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of arbitrator

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arbitrator

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin arbitrātor "umpire," from Latin arbitrārī "to consider, judge, arbitrate" + -tor, agent suffix

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19 May 2022

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“Arbitrator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ar·​bi·​tra·​tor | \ ˈär-bə-ˌtrā-tər How to pronounce arbitrator (audio) \

Kids Definition of arbitrator

: a person chosen to settle differences in a disagreement


ar·​bi·​tra·​tor | \ ˈär-bə-ˌtrā-tər How to pronounce arbitrator (audio) \

Legal Definition of arbitrator

: an impartial person or group that is given the power by disputing parties to resolve their dispute — compare mediator

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