Definition of capricious in English:


Syllabification: ca·pri·cious
Pronunciation: /kəˈpriSHəs
, kəˈprēSHəs


Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior: a capricious and often brutal administration a capricious climate
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  • It's an amusing idea, that even the harbingers of capitalism are subject to the ever-changing moods of capricious Mother Nature.
  • It is capricious and fickle, changing moods easily.
  • In any event, I reserve the right to be arbitrary and capricious in choosing which comments to delete because they cross the line.


early 17th century: from French capricieux, from Italian (see capriccioso).



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  • We felt that we were asking them to abide by their standards, which were being executed capriciously.
  • Neither has the tsunami anything in common with God's final judgement, as the tsunami killed and destroyed capriciously, without rhyme or reason.
  • But can an Assembly be dissolved arbitrarily, capriciously, whimsically, at the absolute discretion of a Chief Minister?


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  • As it was, this random capriciousness on his part ended up providing me with my main home address for the next 16 years.
  • And I like to think there's still a little of that capriciousness to my choices.
  • Y'know, I'm starting to be concerned at my own capriciousness.

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