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Borrowed from French capricieux, from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio.

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  • IPA(key): /kəˈpɹɪʃəs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪʃəs

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capricious (comparative more capricious, superlative most capricious)

  1. 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.

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  • Capricious can describe both a person and the decisions they make.

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