- 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 capriciously
And largely unknown groups must never be capriciously favored, however much they might look like the enemy's enemy.Sixty Years of Meddling and Bad Blood
Alex Von Tunzelmann
December 4, 2008
It was her duty to see to it that she did not use it capriciously, for her own gratification.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
"I have told you of one fault, now hear another," says she capriciously.April's Lady
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
He was as capriciously selected as he was capriciously ejected by his friends.Liverpool a few years since
He is hurt and angry that one of us could be so capriciously unjust to him.The Wyndam Girls
Marion Ames Taggart
She appeared to him to be pining "capriciously" when she became thin and neurotic.Married Love
Marie Carmichael Stopes
- characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
Word Origin and History for capriciously
1590s, from French capricieux "whimsical" (16c.), from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see caprice). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness.