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Examples of capricious in a Sentence
- … every balloon voyage is a race between capricious winds and the amount of fuel on board. —Tom Morganthau, Newsweek, 29 Mar. 1999
- She is capricious, however, and is said to take bribes and wantonly peddle her influence from time to time. —Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994
- Lady Luck is a capricious mother who, as in a recurrent nightmare, always offers, never comes through, and never stops smiling. —Hugh Drummond, Boston Magazine, November 1989
- I don't believe in random occurrences or blind chance, though I know the patterns of this world are capricious and terribly complex. —Leslie Marmon Silko, letter, 21 Aug. 1979
employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.
Recent Examples of capricious from the Web
Yet, the president later directly undercut Sekulow when his capricious instincts shifted.
This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military.
Douglas also believes volcanoes could be the major cause for Westeros’s capricious climate.
Stones in the hundreds of carats come with additional risk, from the multi-million-dollar price tags and cutting process that can take months or years, to capricious customer demand.
With arguments Mr. Bowman sharpened in the private sector, the administration has prepared a detailed legal justification to convince courts that the rule is not arbitrary or capricious.
The islands are separated from the mainland by the capricious waters of the Hecate Strait, named after a British vessel that bore the name of the Greek goddess of magic and witchcraft.
But, as internal Facebook documents uncovered by ProPublica highlight, the standards by which the social media behemoth makes such decisions are often capricious and selective in the manner in which they are applied.
Boasberg’s opinion focused on tribes’ call for the courts to declare the administration’s actions illegal, arbitrary and capricious.
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How Long Has caprice Appeared in English?
The noun caprice, which first appeared in English in the mid-17th century, is a synonym of whim. Evidence shows that the adjective capricious debuted about sixty years before caprice; it's likely, however, that both words derived via French from the Italian capriccio, which originally referred not to a sudden desire but to a sudden shudder of fear. Capriccio in turn derives from the Italian capo, meaning "head," and riccio, the word for "hedgehog." Someone who shuddered in fear, therefore, was said to have a "hedgehog head"-meaning that his or her hair stood on end like the spines of a hedgehog.
Synonymsfickle, changeable, changeful, flickery, fluctuating, fluid, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, mutable, skittish, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile
Antonymscertain, changeless, constant, immutable, invariable, predictable, settled, stable, stationary, steady, unchangeable, unchanging, unvarying
Related Wordsaimless, arbitrary, desultory, erratic, haphazard, hit-or-miss, irregular, random, scattered, slapdash, stray; ambivalent, hesitating, shaky, shilly-shally, shilly-shallying, vacillating, wavering; dicey, undependable, unreliable, untrustworthy; adaptable, mobile, protean, versatile
Near Antonymsequable, even, uniform; abiding, durable, lasting, permanent, persistent; dependable, reliable, sure, tried, tried-and-true, true, trustworthy, trusty
Synonym Discussion of capricious
- an inconstant friend
- performers discover how fickle fans can be
- an utterly capricious critic
- made anxious by her boss's mercurial temperament
- too unstable to hold a job
CAPRICIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of capricious for English Language Learners
: 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
CAPRICIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of capricious for Students
- a capricious shopper
- capricious weather
legal Definition of capricious
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