Arbitrary

Adjective

Existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance or as a capricious and unreasonable act of will” -Merriam-Webster

The word was use in the article “Why Collaborate?” by Ellen Lupton in the sentence “In my own experiences as a student, I have enjoyed voluntary, informal collaborations with my friends, but I have resent being forces into arbitrary, mismatched teams in the name of social correctness.”

The author uses the word in order to further emphasis how despite collaboration can be fun with the right people and some you have known well enough to work with, there will be times where that won’t be the case and will against your own, force to collaborate with someone who you may not see eye to eye but will seem to come with a beneficial result.

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