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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
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Paul, but regrettably there is a bipartisan coterie of corrupt senators who capriciously crave for Saudi money, and thus being accomplice in horrifying crimes masterminded and committed by Saudi regime as tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians are being slaughtered, let alone the innocent American souls perished in 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The only way for this court to ensure that a death sentence is not arbitrarily or capriciously imposed is to provide meaningful appellate review of each death sentence," the opinion said.
The Afghan people may ask the Afghan leader to take the responsibility of capriciously dragging his feet for so long, in defiance of robust demand of the Afghan people through the Parliament and Loya Jirgas, to fully deplete the support of the US Congress, US Administration, and the Pentagon to maintain an impactful presence in Afghanistan," Jawad added.
Maybe it was because when I arrived home my oven had capriciously decided not to work, throwing into disarray the menus I had decided for the week ahead.
Under Freij's command "the Syrian military forces have wantonly and capriciously killed Syrian civilians" the Treasury said in a statement, denouncing "summary executions and indiscriminate airstrikes" on civilians.
It is visible in every capriciously vicious reprisal in Syria and every act of state aggrandisement in North Korea.
ASA argues that the DEA acted "arbitrarily and capriciously," in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, by dismissing evidence of marijuana's medical benefits, insisting on unreasonably strict criteria for whether a medical use is "accepted," failing to judge cannabis in relation to other scheduled drugs, and equating the plant's popularity as a recreational intoxicant with a high potential for abuse.
Some poems have the most arbitrary of line breaks (ending mid-stream on prepositions and articles, for example, with the effect of amputated enjambment, of terrifying sense-precipices) and whole stanzas read as capriciously at odds, without logic, from the rest of the poem.
They saw as the great social evil the regimentation of the poor by the avaricious employers who were controlled and often capriciously ruined by the manipulations of international financiers.
SUMMER OF HOPE Many reasons for a season''s grim failures followed as an all consuming electric expectancy bowed meekly to a capriciously meandering summer of hope.
One curious episode in Kurdistan exemplifies both Evliya's love of the unexpected and the capriciously cruel world he documents.
The Court cannot conclude that the Department acted arbitrarily, capriciously, or without reasonable or rationale basis" in adopting the section.