V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: likely to change one's mind without reason or warning, especially in matters of loyalty, affection or taste

Synonyms: changeable, capricious, variable, unstable, vacillating, flightly, impulsive

Antonyms: steadfast, loyal, devoted

Tips: Fickle comes from the Old English ficol, “deceitful.” To be fickle is to be willing to change your mind without much thought to the consequences. If you love something one day, and the next day you decide you don't care for it anymore, you're fickle. Political candidates can be said to be fickle if they change their stance frequently on issues.

Usage Examples:

When my fickle friend cancelled lunch for the third time, I decided to give up trying to get together with her. (flightly, capricious)

The fickle artist kept changing her mind on what to paint. (capricious, changeable)

I think he is too fickle-natured to be an effective leader; he never commits to anything. (indecisive, unstable)

We need someone who is steadfast and leads with conviction, not someone who wavers and is fickle. (indecisive, unstable, impulsive)

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