capricious

  • 1 capricious — ca·pri·cious /kə pri shəs, prē / adj 1: governed or characterized by impulse or whim: as a: lacking a rational basis b: likely to change suddenly 2: not supported by the weight of evidence or established rules of law often used in the phrase… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Capricious — Ca*pri cious (k[.a]*pr[i^]sh [u^]s), a. [Cf. F. capricieux, It. capriccioso.] Governed or characterized by caprice; apt to change suddenly; freakish; whimsical; changeable. Capricious poet. Shak. Capricious humor. Hugh Miller. [1913 Webster] A… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 capricious — 1590s, from Fr. capricieux (16c.), from It. capriccioso, from capriccio (see CAPRICCIO (Cf. capriccio)). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 capricious — mercurial, unstable, *inconstant, fickle Analogous words: *changeable, changeful, protean, variable: moody, humorsome (see corresponding nouns at MOOD): volatile, effervescent (see ELASTIC) Antonyms: steadfast Contrasted words: constant, resolute …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 capricious — [adj] given to sudden behavior change any way the wind blows*, arbitrary, blowing hot and cold*, careless, changeful, contrary, crotchety, effervescent, erratic, every which way*, fanciful, fickle, fitful, flaky*, flighty, freakish, gaga*, helter …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 capricious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour. DERIVATIVES capriciously adverb capriciousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 capricious — [kə prish′əs, kəprē′shəs] adj. [Fr capricieux < It capriccioso: see CAPRICE] 1. subject to caprices; tending to change abruptly and without apparent reason; erratic; flighty 2. Obs. showing wit or fancifulness SYN. INCONSTANT capriciously adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 capricious — [[t]kæprɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is capricious often changes their mind unexpectedly. Gerald found that his wife was easily bored, capricious and unpredictable. ...capricious and often brutal leaders. Syn: impulsive, mercurial Derived …

    English dictionary

  • 9 capricious — adj. capricious to + inf. (it was capricious to act in that manner) * * * [kə prɪʃəs] capricious to + inf. (it was capricious to act in that manner) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 capricious — adjective Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim I almost died in a capricious winter storm. Syn: whimsical, arbitrary …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 capricious — ca|pri|cious [kəˈprıʃəs] adj 1.) likely to change your mind suddenly or behave in an unexpected way ▪ She was as capricious as her mother had been. 2.) literary changing quickly and suddenly ▪ a capricious wind >capriciously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 capricious — adjective 1 likely to change your mind suddenly or behave in an unexpected way: as capricious and manipulative as her mother had been 2 changing quickly and suddenly: a capricious wind capriciously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 capricious — capriciously, adv. capriciousness, n. /keuh prish euhs, pree sheuhs/, adj. 1. subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic: He s such a capricious boss I never know how he ll react. 2. Obs. fanciful or witty. [1585 95; < It… …

    Universalium

  • 14 capricious — adj. Capricious is used with these nouns: ↑nature …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 capricious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. whimsical, inconstant, fickle; see careless 1 , changeable 1 , 2 . See Synonym Study at inconstant . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [kuh PRISH us] subject to change on a whim, unpredictable. Fred is… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 capricious — adjective the capricious workings of fate Syn: fickle, inconstant, changeable, variable, mercurial, volatile, unpredictable, temperamental; whimsical, fanciful, flighty, quirky, faddish Ant: consistent …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 capricious — adjective Date: 1601 governed or characterized by caprice ; impulsive, unpredictable Synonyms: see inconstant • capriciously adverb • capriciousness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 capricious — Synonyms and related words: adrift, afloat, agnostic, aimless, alternating, ambiguous, ambitendent, ambivalent, amorphous, arbitrary, at loose ends, brittle, broken, careening, careless, casual, catchy, chancy, changeable, changeful, changing,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 capricious — ca|pri|cious [ kə prıʃəs ] adjective suddenly and unexpectedly changing your opinion or behavior without any good reason ╾ ca|pri|cious|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 capricious — ca pri·cious || ɪʃəs adj. fickle, changeable …

    English contemporary dictionary