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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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 the company failed to do so, fuelling worries about the capriciousness of
  its accounting policies.
He himself spoke no foreign languages and detested the capriciousness with
  which foreigners chose to speak their own.
Any funny notion or foolish idea, or snap judgement, may take the turn of
  capriciousness.
Capriciousness concerns whether the agency's action was whimsical, impulsive,
  or unpredictable.
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