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arbitrary
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
  • Fine, no one else had anything better, so let the spirit share this arbitrary item from the fullness of its knowledge.
    7.8 - Highly Questionable (40% in)
  • He was thirteen years old, a seventh-grader in short pants, and he was standing in the schoolyard talking with another boy about his age, but from a different class—a conversation that Hans Castorp had initiated more or less arbitrarily and that delighted him no end, although it would be a short one, given the limited scope offered by the physical object under discussion.
    4.5 - Hippe (52% in)
  • If so, we needed some light for it—please forgive my arbitrarily taking care of the matter," he said, waving one small hand toward the ceiling lamp.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (52% in)
  • It's never used, or at least hardly ever, for what's been happening to me. i used it quite arbitrarily, simply because my head is a little muddled.
    6.7 - Snow (63% in)
  • Forgive me, Mynheer Peeperkorn, for having arbitrarily completed your sentence.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (72% in)
  • And scientific accuracy likewise prohibited even thinking of engaging in any such arbitrary departure and return.
    7.8 - Highly Questionable (93% in)

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