abuse of discretion. 1. An adjudicator’s failure to exercise sound, reasonable, and legal
decision-making. 2. An appellate court’s standard for reviewing a decision that is asserted to be
grossly unsound, unreasonable, illegal, or unsupported by the evidence. See DISCRETION.
[Cases: Appeal and Error 946; Criminal Law 1147. C.J.S. Appeal and Error § 772.] [Blacks Law 8th]