non·​ar·​bi·​trary ˌnän-ˈär-bə-ˌtrer-ē How to pronounce nonarbitrary (audio)
: not arbitrary
a nonarbitrary choice
nonarbitrariness noun

Examples of nonarbitrary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The approach tethers theory tightly to reality, providing a fixed and nonarbitrary point of reference for ethical standards, even if ultimate metaphysics are left unsettled. Matthew Scully, National Review, 2 Jan. 2023 In search of nonarbitrary outcomes, social scientists proffered different ways to conduct votes. Michael M. Weinstein, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonarbitrary was in 1832

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“Nonarbitrary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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: not arbitrary
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