capricious

[kuh-prish-uhs, -pree-shuhs]
adjective
1.
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.
2.
Obsolete. fanciful or witty.

Origin:
1585–95; < Italian capriccioso capriccioso

capriciously, adverb
capriciousness, noun
noncapricious, adjective
noncapriciously, adverb
noncapriciousness, noun
uncapricious, adjective
uncapriciously, adverb
uncapriciousness, noun


1. variable, flighty, mercurial. See fickle.


1. steady, constant, consistent.
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capricious (kəˈprɪʃəs)
 
adj
characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
 
ca'priciously
 
adv
 
ca'priciousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

capricious
1594, from Fr. capricieux (16c.), from It. capriccioso, from capriccio (see capriccio). Capriciously is recorded from 1746; capriciousness from 1617.
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Example sentences
But in this changed behavior of the people there is nothing capricious or
  inconsistent.
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  allow themselves to be outguessed.
Alaska weather is capricious, ranging from rainy and cold to sunny and hot
  ― sometimes all in the same day.
Welcome to the new, always changing, confusing and often capricious world of
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