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.
- ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb
- ca·pri·cious·ness, noun
- non·ca·pri·cious, adjective
- non·ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb
- un·ca·pri·cious, adjective
- un·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.
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.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
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
characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
- capriciously, adverb
- capriciousness, noun
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