arbitrary government

An absolute monarchy or, as in modern times, a totalitarian government. arbitrary punishment. A sentence that is not supported by law. Ex parte Lamar (02) 274 F 160, 24 ALR 864, affd 260 US 711, 67 L Ed 476, 43 S Ct 251.

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