Unreasonable Application Law and Legal Definition

The term unreasonable application is defined as follows:

[A] federal habeas court making the "unreasonable application" inquiry should ask whether the state court's application of clearly established federal law was objectively unreasonable…

[A]n unreasonable application of federal law is different from an incorrect application of federal law …. Under § 2254(d)(1)'s "unreasonable application" clause, then, a federal habeas court may not issue the writ simply because that court concludes in its independent judgment that the relevant state-court decision applied clearly established federal law erroneously or incorrectly. Rather, that application must also be unreasonable. Usrey v. Mich. Parole Bd., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7758, 4-5 ( E.D. Mich. Jan. 29, 2010)