ca·pri·cious /kə-'pri-shəs, -'prē-/ adj1: governed or characterized by impulse or whim: asa: lacking a rational basisb: likely to change suddenly2: not supported by the weight of evidence or established rules of law— often used in the phrase arbitrary and capriciousca·pri·cious·ly advca·pri·cious·ness n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
aleatory (uncertain), arbitrary, disordered, haphazard, inconsistent, irresolute, irresponsible, lawless, mutable, undependable, unpredictable, unreasonable, unreliable, unsettled, untrustworthy, variable, volatile
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 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. Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Thompson Hill. 2009.
adj.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. Susan Ellis Wild. 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. EdwART. 2013.
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Capricious — Ca*pri cious (k[.a]*pr[i^]sh [u^]s), a. [Cf. F. capricieux, It. capriccioso.] Governed or characterized by caprice; apt to change suddenly; freakish; whimsical; changeable. Capricious poet. Shak. Capricious humor. Hugh Miller. [1913 Webster] A… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
capricious — 1590s, from Fr. capricieux (16c.), from It. capriccioso, from capriccio (see CAPRICCIO (Cf. capriccio)). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness … Etymology dictionary
capricious — mercurial, unstable, *inconstant, fickle Analogous words: *changeable, changeful, protean, variable: moody, humorsome (see corresponding nouns at MOOD): volatile, effervescent (see ELASTIC) Antonyms: steadfast Contrasted words: constant, resolute … New Dictionary of Synonyms
capricious — [adj] given to sudden behavior change any way the wind blows*, arbitrary, blowing hot and cold*, careless, changeful, contrary, crotchety, effervescent, erratic, every which way*, fanciful, fickle, fitful, flaky*, flighty, freakish, gaga*, helter … New thesaurus
capricious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour. DERIVATIVES capriciously adverb capriciousness noun … English terms dictionary
capricious — [kə prish′əs, kəprē′shəs] adj. [Fr capricieux < It capriccioso: see CAPRICE] 1. subject to caprices; tending to change abruptly and without apparent reason; erratic; flighty 2. Obs. showing wit or fancifulness SYN. INCONSTANT capriciously adv … English World dictionary
capricious — [[t]kæprɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is capricious often changes their mind unexpectedly. Gerald found that his wife was easily bored, capricious and unpredictable. ...capricious and often brutal leaders. Syn: impulsive, mercurial Derived … English dictionary
capricious — adj. capricious to + inf. (it was capricious to act in that manner) * * * [kə prɪʃəs] capricious to + inf. (it was capricious to act in that manner) … Combinatory dictionary
capricious — adjective Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim I almost died in a capricious winter storm. Syn: whimsical, arbitrary … Wiktionary
capricious — ca|pri|cious [kəˈprıʃəs] adj 1.) likely to change your mind suddenly or behave in an unexpected way ▪ She was as capricious as her mother had been. 2.) literary changing quickly and suddenly ▪ a capricious wind >capriciously adv … Dictionary of contemporary English