Adjective "arbiter" definition and examples

(Arbiter may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter.
  1. 'By tradition, the elderly have been regarded as repositories of wisdom and experience who are the unquestioned arbiters of a family dispute.'
  2. 'To this day, parliament and the government are its ultimate arbiters - enduring symbol of the fact that ‘we’ have the final say in how we are ruled.'
  3. 'It is the ultimate arbiter on the meaning of the treaty and the laws passed under it.'
  4. 'The Cabinet would still make decisions, with the full council being the ultimate arbiter.'
  5. 'Most countries, however, have adopted it as the main arbiter for trade disputes that would stem from the single market.'
  6. 'Apart from the Electoral Act, courts are the arbiters to deal with matters to do with electoral issues.'
  7. 'And she goes on to say, ‘Courts are to be arbiters of disputes, not policymakers.’'
  8. 'It is the final arbiter in disputes about the interpretation of the EU Treaties, or secondary legislation based on the Treaties.'
  9. 'The rule stipulates the fourth official (linesman in domestic games) but isn't the referee the final arbiter?'
  10. 'Modernists are theologically more individualistic than the religiously orthodox in that they see individuals, not a deity, as responsible for their fates and as the ultimate moral arbiters.'
  11. 'an arbiter of taste'
  12. 'Not that I'm setting myself up as an arbiter of good taste or reasonableness.'
  13. 'This was sent to David Garrick, an influential arbiter of polite literary taste in London.'
  14. 'Fans consider her the final arbiter on matters ranging from choosing table settings to winning ways with leftovers.'
  15. 'His reputation as an arbiter of taste suffered after an ill-considered attack on the quality of the Elgin Marbles in 1816.'
  16. 'On the subject of language, a poet is the ultimate arbiter, the judge, the jury and the courtroom cat.'
  17. 'His early investment in Wired Magazine, the leading arbiter of the digital revolution at that time, gave him a front row seat to the third culture revolution.'
  18. 'Unfortunately, too, they direct the question at an imaginary West that serves as stage, audience, and arbiter of taste, all in one.'
  19. 'In this manner, the Panopticon reinforces its role as arbiter of public taste.'

More definitions

1. a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.

2. a person who has the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.

More examples(as adjective)

"arguments can be arbiter."


Late Middle English: from Latin, ‘judge, supreme ruler’.