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
Under your proposal, large thrifts can arbitrarily and capriciously respond to
  a few community needs instead of all needs.
He arrives incognito at the court of the queen, wins her favour by manly
  exploits, and then departs somewhat capriciously.
Usually finches that age sing capriciously, but after the injection, their
  songs became significantly less variable.
Such behavior is capriciously dismissed with the explanation that it is
  maladaptive, and therefore has simply failed to evolve.
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