View synonyms for capriciousness


[ kuh-prish-uhs-nis, -pree-shuhs- ]


  1. the quality of being led by or subject to sudden, odd notions or changes; arbitrary or erratic character:

    Some countries have gone to great lengths to build up a war chest of reserves to insure against the capriciousness of foreign investors.

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Other Words From

  • non·ca·pri·cious·ness noun
  • un·ca·pri·cious·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of capriciousness1

First recorded in 1600–10; capricious ( def ) + -ness ( def )
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Example Sentences

The NBA, spinning in a vicious, capricious cycle, would be better if it worked again.

There’s not much evidence that the women who eventually profited from Millar’s capricious bequest were even trying to compete — they just birthed a bunch of kids during that decade.

From Ozy

Investors may be capricious, but the market’s math is a stubborn thing.

From Fortune

This year has been one of the most uncertain and capricious years ever for eCommerce.

When Will Rodriguez-Kennedy ran to lead the San Diego County Democratic Party, he promised a new and less capricious system of prioritizing the various local races each election cycle.

More than anything, they reflect our uneasiness with the modern world, its complexity, and often its capriciousness.

Purges must go too far, because extreme capriciousness is what stops the frenzy.

Valeria, with her wonted capriciousness, veered round in defence of the institution that she had been just jeering at.

The Bay tree gives us a curious instance of the capriciousness of English plant names.

Their requests are granted or refused with absolute capriciousness.

But they are not full of it; it comes only now and then, with tantalizing capriciousness.

These gave the horse the reputation of capriciousness and unreliability.