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arbitrary
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based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
  • Whereas Fever had obscure conditions, and gave him that delightful labor of the imagination which is not mere arbitrariness, but the exercise of disciplined power—combining and constructing with the clearest eye for probabilities and the fullest obedience to knowledge; and then, in yet more energetic alliance with impartial Nature, standing aloof to invent tests by which to try its own work.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (41% in)

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