Ar"bi*ter (#), n. [L. arbiter; ar- (for ad) + the root of betere to go; hence properly, one who comes up to look on.]


A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them.

⇒ In modern usage, arbitrator is the technical word.


Any person who has the power of judging and determining, or ordaining, without control; one whose power of deciding and governing is not limited.

For Jove is arbiter of both to man. Cowper.

Syn. -- Arbitrator; umpire; director; referee; controller; ruler; governor.


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Ar"bi*ter, v. t.

To act as arbiter between.



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