[ kuh-prish-uhs, -pree-shuhs ]
/ kəˈprɪʃ əs, -ˈpri ʃəs /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR capricious
OPPOSITES FOR capricious
1 steady, constant, consistent.
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Origin of capricious
First recorded in 1585–95; from French capricieux, from Italian capriccioso capriccioso
synonym study for capricious
1. See fickle.
OTHER WORDS FROM capricious
ca·pri·cious·ly, adverbca·pri·cious·ness, nounnon·ca·pri·cious, adjectivenon·ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb
un·ca·pri·cious, adjectiveun·ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb
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How to use capricious in a sentence
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|DAILY BEAST
It's the one thing life has capriciously refused me, perhaps because I never desired it intensely enough.The Road to Damascus|August Strindberg
I might call it a stylish piece; take the Prelude as capriciously as you like; put all the effect you can into it.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
The channel winds through these savanna borders capriciously.
But God capriciously decided he had other plans for her—insomuch as decreeing she was not to be let go then.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
Except when she was capriciously seized with a fit of what she thought firmness, clamour or flattery were all-prevailing with her.Discipline|Mary Brunton
British Dictionary definitions for capricious
/ (kəˈprɪʃəs) /
characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
Derived forms of capriciouscapriciously, adverbcapriciousness, noun
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