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arbitrary (adj.)
autocratic; despotic; tyrannical' proceeding from a whim or fancy (ant. legitimate)
arbitrate
decide a dispute, acting as an arbitrator (judge)

submit a dispute or arbitration
axiom (n.)
self-evident truth; maxim
axiomatic (adj.)
self-evident; universally accepted as true
bias (n.)
opinion formed before there are grounds for it; prejudice; predilection; partiality
bigoted (adj.)
intolerant; narrow-minded
bigotry (n.)
views or behavior of a bigot; narrow-mindedness; intolerance
cogitate (v.)
think over; consider with care; ponder
criterion (n.)
standard; rule or test for judging
analogy (n.)
likeness in some respects between things otherwise different; similarity; comparison
crux
most important point; essential part
deduce (v.)
Derive by reasoning; infer
delimma (n.)
situation requiring a choice between two equally bad alternative; predicament
dogmatic (adj.)
asserting opinions as if they were facts; opinionated; asserted without proof.
eclectic (adj.)
choosing (ideas, methods, etc.) from various souces
fallacious (adj.)
based on an errondeaus idea; misleading; deceptive
fallible (adj.)
liable to be mistaken
heterodox
rejecting regularly accepted beliefs or doctrines; heretical; nonconformist
hypothetical (adj.)
supposed; having the characteristics of a hypothesis, a supposition made as a basis for reasoning or research.
illusion (n.)
misleading appearance; false impression; misconception
indubitable (adj.)
certain; incontrovertible; indisputable
orthodox (adj.)
generally accepted, wspecially in religion; conventional; approved
paracdoxical (adj.)
having the characteristics of a paradox (a self-contradictory statement which may nevertheless be true)
plausible
superficially true or reasonable; apparently trustworthy.
preposterous
sneseless; absurd; irrational
rational
able to think clearly; intelligent; sensible
based on reason
rationalize
invent excuses for one's actions, desires, failures, etc.
sophistry
clever but deceptive reasoning
speculate
reflect; meditate; conjecture
specious
apparently reasonable, but not really so
tenable
capable of being maintained or defended