capriciously capriciously  /kə ˈprɪ ʃɪs li/


  1. (adv) unpredictably
  2. (adv) in a capricious manner


  1. The rules were enforced capriciously, sometimes ferociously, by religious police from the Orwellian-named Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
  2. Here, death explodes prosaically, capriciously, as in Baghdad or Kabul.
  3. I think it is done capriciously and arbitrarily, depending on color and income.


  • Report: newspapers want McNair vs. NCAA case unsealed

    Two years ago, former USC assistant Todd McNair sued the NCAA for libel, slander, breach of contract and negligence in the Reggie Bush case. The suit also alleged that NCAA officials “arbitrarily and capriciously decided to ruin his career to further their own agenda.” According to, two newspapers — the New York Times and…
    on June 20, 2013     Source: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk


  1. "Just because the housing market has tumbled doesn't mean we should capriciously finance a big fat government bailout," said Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas).
    on Jul 24, 2008 By: Sam Johnson Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Last night Gates said he was "appalled that any American could be treated as capriciously by an individual police officer. He should look into his soul and he should apologise to me. If so, I will be prepared to forgive him."
    on Jul 21, 2009 By: Henry Louis Gates Source:

  3. The FCC, Scirica wrote, "arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its prior policy excepting fleeting broadcast material from the scope of actionable indecency."
    on Jul 21, 2008 By: Anthony Scirica Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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