arbitrary and capricious
adjective absolute, authoritative, baseless, dictatorial, dogmatic, fanciful, groundless, impetuous, motiveless, purposeless, restrictive, unduly, whimsical, willful

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


arbitrary and capricious
adj.
Describes a decision made according to whim and without regard to facts or law.

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

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  • Arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable — is a legal concept in American jurisprudence.In the State of New York it is one of the legal grounds under which a government official s official action may be challenged in the state court of law under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and… …   Wikipedia

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