un·rea·son·able adj: not reasonable: beyond what can be accepted: as
a: clearly inappropriate, excessive, or harmful in degree or kind
an unreasonable delay
an unreasonable restraint of trade
b: lacking justification in fact or circumstance
an unreasonable inference; esp: irrational(b)
the agency decision was unreasonable
c: not supported by a warrant or by a valid exception to a warrant requirement (as when there is reasonable suspicion) and therefore unconstitutional
the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violatedU.S. Constitution amend. IV see also search, seizure
un·rea·son·able·ness n
un·rea·son·ably adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective absurd, asinine, capricious, contorted, contrary, exaggerated, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, foolish, groundless, ill-advised, ill-judged, illogical, immoderate, iniquus, indefensible, injudicious, inordinate, intemperate, irrational, ludicrous, nonsensical, pervicacious, pointless, preposterous, recalcitrant, ridiculous, senseless, twisted, undue, unfair, unjust, unjustifiable, unsensible, unsound, untenable, unwarranted, unwise associated concepts: arbitrary and capricious action, unreasonable delay, unreasonable force, unreasonable rate of interest, unreasonable restraint, unreasonable restraint on alienation, unreasonable search, unreasonable use II index arbitrary, baseless, contumacious, disproportionate, drastic, excessive, exorbitant, extreme (exaggerated), fanatical, ill-advised, ill-judged, impolitic, impossible, impracticable, improper, inexcusable, inexpiable, infeasible, inordinate, irrational, ludicrous, misadvised, oppressive, outrageous, partial (biased), perverse, prohibitive (costly), sophistic, unconscionable, undue (excessive), unfair, unjust, unjustifiable, unsound (fallacious), untenable, unwarranted, usurious

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Many contracts, especially when in standard form, exclude or limit the statutory rights normally implied in favour of the buyer. To rely on such a limitation or exclusion, it must be shown that the buyer was aware of the clause or that the seller gave reasonable notice of it. Such a clause will always be construed in cases of doubt against the person relying on it. Under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, implied statutory terms as to satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose, compliance with sample or description cannot be excluded with consumers and in order to be effective against business customers they cannot be unreasonable. The seller's implied warranty that he has or will have the right to sell the goods cannot in circumstances be excluded or limited nor can he limit or exclude his liability for death or personal injury caused by his negligence.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

Arbitrary; excessive; unfair; irrational.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 Not determined by reason; capricious; arbitrary; irrational.
2 Unsupported by a valid exception to requirements of a warrant; for example, unreasonable search and seizure.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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