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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh-prish-uh s, -pree-shuh s]
    • /kəˈprɪʃ əs, -ˈpri ʃəs/
    • /kəˈprɪʃ.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh-prish-uh s, -pree-shuh s]
    • /kəˈprɪʃ əs, -ˈpri ʃəs/

Definitions of capricious word

  • adjective capricious Someone who is capricious often changes their mind unexpectedly. 3
  • graded adjective capricious Something that is capricious often changes unexpectedly. 3
  • adjective capricious characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle 3
  • adjective capricious subject to caprices; tending to change abruptly and without apparent reason; erratic; flighty 3
  • adjective capricious showing wit or fancifulness 3
  • adjective capricious 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. 1

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Origin of capricious

First appearance:

before 1585
One of the 35% oldest English words
1585-95; < Italian capriccioso capriccioso

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Parts of speech for Capricious


capricious popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for capricious

adj capricious

  • whimsical — given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious: a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
  • wayward — turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient: a wayward son; wayward behavior.
  • quirky — having or full of quirks.
  • unreasonable — not reasonable or rational; acting at variance with or contrary to reason; not guided by reason or sound judgment; irrational: an unreasonable person.
  • helter-skelter — in headlong and disorderly haste: The children ran helter-skelter all over the house.

adjective capricious

  • changeable — Someone or something that is changeable is likely to change many times.
  • unreliable — not reliable; not to be relied or depended on.

Antonyms for capricious

adj capricious

  • sensible — having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.
  • predictable — able to be foretold or declared in advance: New technology allows predictable weather forecasting.
  • unchanging — to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion; to change the course of history.
  • reliable — that may be relied on or trusted; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty, etc.: reliable information.
  • stable — a building for the lodging and feeding of horses, cattle, etc.

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