Highhanded, arbitrary, and unreasonable conduct or treatment.(noun)
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Use "high-handedness" in a sentence
"Grassroots outrage against perceived high-handedness and corruption helped topple governments in New Delhi in 1977 and 1989, and the rise of the Hindu-nationalist BJP to power in the 1990s was fueled as much by its then perceived probity as by passions released by its campaign to build a temple on the site of a disputed 16th century mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya."
"They also played dirty tricks to get men into the service and thereby contributed to growing colonial resentment against British high-handedness.12"
"The changes would still leave plenty of room for “energy in the executive” but would afford far less opportunity for high-handedness, secrecy, and simple rigidity."