from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable. See Synonyms at arbitrary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Governed or characterized by caprice; apt to change suddenly; freakish; whimsical; changeable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by caprice; apt to change opinions suddenly, or to deviate from one's purpose; unsteady; changeable; fickle; subject to change or irregularity: as, a man of a capricious temper.
- Synonyms Freakish, unsteady, fanciful, whimsical, fitful, crotchety, uncertain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
- adj. changeable
I have just left Augereau, who was vomiting fire and fury against what he calls your capricious proclamations.
Woman is less changeable, but to call her capricious is a stupid insult.
One of Trine's would-be selling points is its physics-based puzzles, but history has taught us by now that "physics-based" is often a euphemism for "capricious" - and that's the case here.
In “Thoroughbreds and Blackguards,” Burnaugh argues that the sport’s great competitive impediment, and the temptation that renders it uniquely capricious, is the influence of gambling.
Still, most of what we ask that dogs learn can only be described as capricious and arbitrary.
One thing, however, must astonish the kindly-disposed observer and vex him a little; that is, the capricious and disproportionate manner in which oaths are paid for, the inequality of the prices that M. Bonaparte places on this commodity.
Verizon's lawsuit claims the rules, which largely exempt wireless networks, are "arbitrary" and "capricious"-the same charges recently
Also she considered that we were masters, that is to say capricious creatures, who do not shine by their intelligence and take pleasure in imposing by fear upon clever people, upon servants, so as to shew that they are the masters, absurd tasks such as that of boiling water when there is illness in the house, of mopping the floor of my room with a damp cloth, and of leaving it at the very moment when they intended to remain in it.
Bobbie was all for May, because the book said that women born in that month were "inclined to be capricious, which is always a barrier to a happy married life"; but I plumped for February, because February women
While some book reviewers are also skillful critics (Sven Birkerts, Louis Menand, Daniel Mendelsohn) able to use the book review form to more precisely critical ends, Ozick is right to maintain that the judgments of book reviewers, even reviewers who are themselves writers, are too often "capricious," too often constrained by the formulaic structure of the book review.