Search Result for "capriciousness":
1. the quality of being guided by sudden unpredictable impulses;
[syn: capriciousness, unpredictability]
2. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment;
- Example: "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory"
[syn: flightiness, arbitrariness, whimsicality, whimsy, whimsey, capriciousness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Capricious \Ca*pri"cious\ (k[.a]*pr[i^]sh"[u^]s), a. [Cf. F. capricieux, It. capriccioso.] Governed or characterized by caprice; apt to change suddenly; freakish; whimsical; changeable. "Capricious poet." --Shak. "Capricious humor." --Hugh Miller. [1913 Webster] A capricious partiality to the Romish practices. --Hallam. Syn: Freakish; whimsical; fanciful; fickle; crotchety; fitful; wayward; changeable; unsteady; uncertain; inconstant; arbitrary. -- Ca*pri"cious*ly, adv. -- Ca*pri"cious*ness, n. [1913 Webster]