- subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic: He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
- Obsolete. fanciful or witty.
Origin of capricious
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Examples from the Web for capricious
The list is as capricious—its bounds known only to its mysterious conceivers—as it is precise.Are These Really the Best Dressed People in the World?
August 6, 2014
He plays Wallace, a twentysomething medical school dropout who falls for Chantry (Zoe Kazan), a capricious animator/artist.Daniel Radcliffe on Sex, ‘Harry Potter,’ and Complicated Relationships
July 23, 2014
The capricious and inhumane imprisoning of the feminist activists from Pussy Riot.How to Justify Russian Aggression
March 9, 2014
We remain constantly curious about what great designers will turn out from their capricious artistic alchemy.What Drives Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten
March 4, 2014
Beholden to a base that, like a capricious autocrat, will turn against them at the slightest provocation.Ted Cruz is Still Not Here to Make Friends
February 26, 2014
All is still on a colossal scale, but playful, capricious, phantasmagoric.The Roof of France
How noisy and romping the brook was; how capricious, how playful, how furtive!A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Art is not dignified by being called whimsical--or capricious.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Your duty to your capricious brother, not to your father, you mean, Madam.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The rouge-et-noir player imagines that chance is not capricious.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
Word Origin and History for capricious
1590s, from French capricieux "whimsical" (16c.), from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see caprice). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness.