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Definition impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
  • Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
  • The court overturned the ruling—describing it as having been made in a capricious manner.
  • capricious = impulsive and unpredictable
  • History has recorded authoritarian rulers as frequently capricious.
  • capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
  • Neither democracy nor a rights-protecting constitution can defend individual liberty in a country whose law enforcement is arbitrary or capricious.
  • The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), permits a court to set aside agency findings of fact found to be arbitrary or capricious.
  • ...she had a capricious and hasty temper, and indifferent ideas of principle or justice...
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She took her mother's hand in both her own, and gazed into her eyes with an earnestness that was seldom seen in her wild and capricious character.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The capricious nature of legislated tax changes inhibits long-term planning.
  • capricious = unpredictable
  • It was a capricious summer breeze.
  • capricious = unpredictably changing directions
  • It was a capricious refusal.
  • Word meanings change over time. For example, in "the Taming of the Shrew", Shakespeare uses the word "humor" to describe Kate's capricious nature.
  • the wind was blowing a capricious gale - now from the west, now backing around to the north,
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • capricious = unpredictable
  • that city had been excluded from the itineraries of the steamboats because of the river's caprices
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • caprices = unpredictability
  • I have made enough money to satisfy both my needs and my caprices.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • caprices = impulsive desires
  • The shift in shade is no doubt an attempt to stay abreast of the capricious fashion trends of the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
  • For the moment, they were traveling in the proper direction, but the winter winds were capricious.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • capricious = unpredictable (prone to change quickly)
  • curtains which draped the windows, and which puffed, floated, and flapped at the capricious will of a stiff breeze
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • capricious = unpredictable
  • she had a capricious and hasty temper
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • capricious = impulsive and unpredictable
  • Mildred and I grew into each other's hearts, so that we were content to go hand-in-hand wherever caprice led us,
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • caprice = impulse (whim or sudden desire)
  • The road followed the capricious windings of the southern branch of the Platte River, on its left bank.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
capricious = making sudden changes

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