1) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as fickle, you disapprove of them because they keep changing their mind about what they like or want.

The group has been notoriously fickle in the past.

Derived words:
fickleness N-UNCOUNT usu N of n

...the fickleness of businessmen and politicians.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you say that something is fickle, you mean that it often changes and is unreliable.

Orta's weather can be fickle.


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