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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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 But an independent arbitrator reinstated Patrick Caton a year later and even awarded him $200,000 in back pay. Jennie Key,, "'Tell your moms that you met real cops tonight': Cincinnati captain's arrest report," 10 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, the city has found an additional $3 million in its coffers to put toward whatever plan the arbitrators decide on. Joshua Fechter,, "City wants tighter drug testing requirements for San Antonio firefighters under new contract," 6 Dec. 2019 No ruling has been issued regarding Brown's grievance but an independent arbitrator could issue one as early as next week, per reports. Emily Caron,, "Raiders' Jon Gruden Defends Antonio Brown's Helmet Grievance, Foot Injury," 11 Aug. 2019 So Brown filed a grievance, which was heard Friday by an independent arbitrator. Mark Maske,, "The Raiders are experiencing the full force of Antonio Brown’s diva receiver act," 11 Aug. 2019 Judge Ronald Frazier ruled that DMTC did not follow a contract agreement between the track and California Thoroughbred Trainers that requires disputes to be heard by an independent arbitrator. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ollie’s Candy produces sweet dirt run to win Grade I Hirsch at Del Mar," 28 July 2019 The two sides didn't really fight there, but Universal did contend that there was enough evidence that Moritz had agreed to arbitrate disputes arising out of Fast & Furious, or at very least, an arbitrator should decide the issue of arbitrability. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Universal Stuck in Court With 'Fast and Furious' Producer," 8 July 2019 The text of arbitrator Mark Irvings’s decision was not made public, but its reasoning was described to the Associated Press by a person who had read it., "Kris Bryant loses his grievance against Cubs," 4 Feb. 2020 No new contract or arbitrator is going to make all that up. Gilbert Garcia,, "Fire union antics produced nothing but disruption," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of arbitrator was in the 15th century

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arbitrator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of arbitrator

: a person who is chosen to settle a disagreement between people or groups


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


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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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