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Characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.

[Middle English fikel, from Old English ficol, deceitful.]

fick′le·ness n.
fick′ly adv.


in a fickle manner
References in classic literature ?
To those believers shall he who is of my type among men not bind his heart; in those spring-times and many-hued meadows shall he not believe, who knoweth the fickly faint-hearted human species!
no drama would sufficiently fix the attention of a large assembly of people, indiscriminately collected." (10) The New Annual Register comes closer to a favorable review of the play when it lays blame for its perceived failure purely on external factors: "However little countenanced her exertions may be by the fickly and bloated taste of the present caterers for the public, the 'Series of Plays' before us will be read, admired, and felt, when all the buffoonery that now disgraces the theatres of our metropolis shall have hastened to its merited oblivion." (11) The majority of reviewers, however, were all too willing to dismiss her work in its entirety for its supposed "unstageability."
fickly, that justice should be equal between the rich and poor, and that