(plural abuses of discretion)
- (law) The rendering of a decision by a court that is so unreasonable in light of the facts of the case or is such an unreasonable deviation from legal precedent that it must be reversed.
- (law) Any action by a government official by which that official renders decisions for a clearly improper purpose.
Abuse of discretion is the most rigorous of the three standards by which common law court decisions are reviewed on appeal; the other two are de novo and clear error.
abuse of discretion - Legal Definition