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 She was awarded $324,000 in damages and more than $800,000 in attorney fees and court costs, according to the arbitrator's award posted online by her attorneys. David Williams, CNN, "Uber ordered to pay $1.1 million after blind woman was denied rides more than a dozen times," 2 Apr. 2021 The Providence School Board denied the grievance, and the matter is now before an arbitrator., "Providence superintendent: ‘We’ve paid more than $400,000 in union dues for people that don’t exist’," 1 Apr. 2021 If Mayorga was fit, the judge said, the agreement binds her to confidentiality and an arbitrator's decision about whether the contract was legal and valid. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, "Ruling keeps Ronaldo hush-money case with US judge in Nevada," 8 Feb. 2021 In 2018, then-RFA Andreas Athanasiou filed for arbitration, but the sides reached an agreement before needing an arbitrator. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings more than $1 million apart in arbitration briefs," 23 Oct. 2020 The arbitrator’s decision on the case will be final and will be put in writing as a public document, the ordinance will now state. Rebecca Lurye,, "Reforms to Civilian Police Review Board, approved by Hartford city council, aim to bring accountability, transparency," 26 Nov. 2020 An arbitrator with the bureau found in her favor and ordered Havenwood to remove some statements. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A girl, her hands zip tied, was forced to sit in a horse trough at a Utah ‘troubled-teen’ center," 26 Mar. 2021 Ultimately, an arbitrator may have to decide if the chain of custody on baseballs taken from the game is sufficient to warrant discipline. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "In effort to crack down on sticky substance use, MLB will monitor pitchers' spin rates, examine baseballs," 24 Mar. 2021 The department fired Amiott, but rehired him after an arbitrator ruled in his favor. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "New documentary web series focuses on Euclid Police Department’s history of poor policing," 13 Mar. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Arbitrator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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