ca·pri·cious /kə-'pri-shəs, -'prē-/ adj
1: governed or characterized by impulse or whim: as
a: lacking a rational basis
b: likely to change suddenly
2: not supported by the weight of evidence or established rules of law
— often used in the phrase arbitrary and capricious
ca·pri·cious·ly adv
ca·pri·cious·ness n

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

I adjective apt to change suddenly, changeable, changeful, changing, erratic, everchanging, fanciful, fantasied, fantastical, fickle, flighty, fluctuating, frivolous, giddy, inconstans, inconstant, irresolute, irresponsible, levis, mercurial, reversible, uncertain, uncontrolled, undisciplined, unmethodical, unreliable, unrestrained, unstable, unsystematic, vacillating, vagarious, variable, wavering, whimsical, without rational basis associated concepts: arbitrary and capricious, arbitrary, capricious and unlawful, review of administrative determination II index aleatory (uncertain), arbitrary, disordered, haphazard, inconsistent, irresolute, irresponsible, lawless, mutable, undependable, unpredictable, unreasonable, unreliable, unsettled, untrustworthy, variable, volatile

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Unpredictable and subject to whim, often used to refer to judicial decisions which appear arbitrary.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Characterized by or resulting from caprice, inconsistency in feeling or purpose, a whim, or an unpredictable or impulsive behavior.
See also arbitrary.
2 Contrary to the evidence or law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

adv., adj. unpredictable and subject to whim, often used to refer to judges and judicial decisions which do not follow the law, logic or proper trial procedure. A semi-polite way of saying a judge is inconsistent or erratic.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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