WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ca•price /kəˈpris/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a sudden, unpredictable change.
  2. [uncountable] a tendency to change one's mind without motive.
ca•pri•cious /kəˈprɪʃəs/USA pronunciation  adj. 
ca•pri•cious•ly, adv. 
ca•pri•cious•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ca•price  (kə prēs),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
  2. a tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive;
    whimsicality;
    capriciousness:With the caprice of a despotic king, he alternated between kindness and cruelty.
  3. Music and Dancecapriccio (def. 1).
  • Italian; see capriccio
  • French
  • 1660–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vagary, notion, whim, fancy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ca•pri•cious  (kə prishəs, -prēshəs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim;
    erratic:He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
  2. [Obs.]fanciful or witty.
ca•pricious•ly, adv. 
ca•pricious•ness, n. 
  • Italian capriccioso capriccioso
  • 1585–95
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged variable, flighty, mercurial. See  fickle. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged steady, constant, consistent.

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