adjective ca·pri·cious \kə-ˈpri-shəs, -ˈprē-\

: changing often and quickly; especially : often changing suddenly in mood or behavior

: not logical or reasonable : based on an idea, desire, etc., that is not possible to predict

Full Definition of CAPRICIOUS

:  governed or characterized by caprice :  impulsive, unpredictable
ca·pri·cious·ly adverb
ca·pri·cious·ness noun

Examples of CAPRICIOUS

  1. employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
  2. The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.
  3. … every balloon voyage is a race between capricious winds and the amount of fuel on board. —Tom Morganthau, Newsweek, 29 Mar. 1999


(see caprice)
First Known Use: 1601

Rhymes with CAPRICIOUS


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