capricious

[ kuh-prish-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Early 17th century; Italian

from French capricieux, from Italian

Synonyms

  • arbitrary
  • careless
  • erratic
  • fickle
  • flighty
  • impulsive

Antonyms

  • cautious
  • constant
  • predictable
  • reasonable
  • reliable
  • sensible
  • stable
  • steady

Definition

given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior

Example

The toddler was very capricious when it came to eating dinner—his parents never knew how he was going to act.

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