- Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim.
- Synonyms: arbitrary, whimsical, fickle
- Antonyms: conscientious, rigorous
- I almost died in a capricious winter storm.
- Stringent rulers are unlikely to act capriciously.
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii], page 198:
- I am heere with thee, and thy Goats, as the moſt capricious Poet honeſt Ouid was among Gothes.
- Capricious can describe both a person and the decisions they make.
impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim