AskDefine | Define capriciousness

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1 the quality of being guided by sudden unpredictable impulses [syn: unpredictability]
2 the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment; "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory" [syn: flightiness, arbitrariness, whimsicality, whimsy, whimsey]

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  1. The quality of being capricious.


  • 1827 Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill - Rationale of Judicial Evidence, Specially Applied to English Practice
    To employ always the same witnesses, he would excite speculation, and expose himself to the imputation of fickleness or capriciousness.
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