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Note 344 – The word capricious

I heard the word capricious on the television yesterday when someone was referring to the English weather. Although I wasn’t entirely sure of the exact definition of the word, I quite liked the sound of it.

According to Merriam-Webster online dictionaries, the adjective capricious (which has been in use since 1601) means:

1. Likely to change frequently, suddenly or unexpectedly.
2. Prone to sudden illogical changes of mind, ideas or actions.

The Cambridge online dictionary defines capricious as “changing mood or behaviour suddenly and unexpectedly”. Wictionary defines it as impulsive, unpredictable or determined by chance. It can “describe both a person and the decisions they make”.

Sentences using capricious

  • Do you think that the weather is more capricious in England than any other country?
  • James had a capricious approach to parenting.
  • No one went near him because of his capricious mood.

Although this word is not something that’s been in my vocabulary before today, I feel that I could use it in my writing now.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


2 thoughts on “Note 344 – The word capricious

  1. i have been called this by my grandfather… almost althroughout my teens until he passed away last year…

    1. variable, flighty, mercurial. See fickle.

    1. steady, constant, consistent.

    little did he know, i was very consistent with my desires… just a little fickle minded on how to get to it..

    Posted by truelovejunkie | May 26, 2012, 7:45 am

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