Etymology
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capricious (adj.)

1590s, "humorous;" c. 1600, "apt to change the mind suddenly, fickle," from French capricieux "whimsical" (16c.), from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see caprice). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of capricious from WordNet

capricious (adj.)
changeable;
a capricious summer breeze
Synonyms: freakish
capricious (adj.)
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason;
authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious
a capricious refusal
Synonyms: impulsive / whimsical
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