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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Synonyms for arbitrator


adjudicator, arbiter, judge, referee, umpire

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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

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The arbitrators will decide whether the proceedings will be open to the public. Joshua Fechter,, "Former San Antonio judge named as third arbitrator in contract negotiations between city, firefighters," 30 Aug. 2019 According to legal documents filed in the King County courthouse, both Letourneau and Fualaau agreed to respect the decision of the private arbitrator. Steve Helling,, "Mary Kay Letourneau's Separation from Vili Fualaau is Final, Says Source: 'Everything is Split Up'," 22 Aug. 2019 Brown had his grievance against the NFL rejected by an arbitrator Apri 12. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Antonio Brown's agent on Raiders GM Mike Mayock's ultimatum: 'We're looking for a permanent solution'," 19 Aug. 2019 Rapoport added that the expectation is the grievance will be heard by an arbitrator on an expedited basis. Charlotte Carroll,, "Report: Antonio Brown Files New Grievance Against NFL Over Helmet," 19 Aug. 2019 The cruise line placed it back into service and it could not be identified when requested by the arbitrator. Ron Hurtibise,, "Celebrity Cruises maitre d’ awarded $10.3 million for injury in kitchen," 17 July 2019 Months after Rich's big win, the arbitrator noted the father hadn't paid child support. Washington Post,, "Man must split $80 million Mega Millions jackpot with ex, court says," 23 June 2019 The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Agreement. National Geographic, "Student Expeditions Terms & Conditions," 12 June 2019 The arbitrator found Brown, then, was not guilty of excessive use of force, said Union President Dan Hils in a press conference on Tuesday. Max Londberg,, "CPD cop who shot preteen with stun gun at Kroger wins appeal; suspension is reversed," 11 June 2019

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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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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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