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capricious

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.

capricious

adjective apt to change suddenly, changeable, changeful, changing, erratic, fanciful, fantasied, fantastical, fickle, flighty, fluctuating, giddy, inconstans, inconstant, irresolute, levis, mercurial, reversible, uncertain, uncontrolled, undisciplined, unmethodical, unreliable, unrestrained, unsystematic, vacillating, vagarious, variable, whimsical, without rational basis
Associated concepts: arbitrary and capricious, arbitrary, capriiious and unlawful, review of administrative determination
See also: aleatory, arbitrary, disordered, haphazard, inconsistent, irresolute, irresponsible, lawless, mutable, uncertain, undependable, unpredictable, unreasonable, unreliable, unsettled, untrustworthy, variable, volatile
References in classic literature ?
I saw her, a most beautiful little creature, with the cloudless blue eyes, that had looked into my childish heart, turned laughingly upon another child of Minnie's who was playing near her; with enough of wilfulness in her bright face to justify what I had heard; with much of the old capricious coyness lurking in it; but with nothing in her pretty looks, I am sure, but what was meant for goodness and for happiness, and what was on a good and happy course.
I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me.
I thought my quest had brought me into a strange old haunted forest, and that I had thrown myself down to rest at the gnarled mossy root of a great oak-tree, while all about me was nought but fantastic shapes and capricious groups of gold-green bole and bough, wondrous alleys ending in mysterious coverts, and green lanes of exquisite turf that seemed to have been laid down in expectation of some milk-white queen or goddess passing that way.
What mean these fellows by their capricious insolence?
His father had been our ambassador at Madrid when Isabella was young and Prim unthought of, but had retired from the diplomatic service in a capricious moment of annoyance on not being offered the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his dispatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.
The fabric of the Reformation, first undertaken in England upon a contracted basis, by a capricious and sanguinary tyrant, had been successively overthrown and restored, renewed and altered, according to the varying humors and principles of four successive monarchs.
Here one curses her and calls her capricious, fickle, and immodest, there another condemns her as frail and frivolous; this pardons and absolves her, that spurns and reviles her; one extols her beauty, another assails her character, and in short all abuse her, and all adore her, and to such a pitch has this general infatuation gone that there are some who complain of her scorn without ever having exchanged a word with her, and even some that bewail and mourn the raging fever of jealousy, for which she never gave anyone cause, for, as I have already said, her misconduct was known before her passion.
But what is to be the object of this capricious partiality in the national councils?
In being compelled to labor, not for himself, but for a master; in being vendible by one master to another master; and in being subject at all times to be restrained in his liberty and chastised in his body, by the capricious will of another -- the slave may appear to be degraded from the human rank, and classed with those irrational animals which fall under the legal denomination of property.
But, like a capricious child, the peasant woman colored, played with her wooden shoe, twisted the rope of the cow, which was now feeding peaceably, and looked at the two hunters, examining every part of their clothing; then she yelped, growled, and clucked, but did not speak.
We cannot tell where we may go; these animals can be very capricious.
This line, owing to the capricious turnings of the Vindhia Mountains, did not pursue a straight course.