Definitions for spontaneousspɒnˈteɪ ni əs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spontaneous, self-generated(adj)

    happening or arising without apparent external cause

    "spontaneous laughter"; "spontaneous combustion"; "a spontaneous abortion"

  2. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten(adj)

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"


  1. spontaneous(Adjective)

    Self generated; happening without any apparent external cause.

    He made a spontaneous offer of help.

  2. spontaneous(Adjective)

    Done by one's own free choice, or without planning.

  3. spontaneous(Adjective)

    proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint

  4. spontaneous(Adjective)

    arising from a momentary impulse

  5. spontaneous(Adjective)

    controlled and directed internally : self-active : spontaneous movement characteristic of living things

  6. spontaneous(Adjective)

    produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous

  7. spontaneous(Adjective)

    not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural

  8. spontaneous(Adjective)


  9. spontaneous(Adjective)

    Sudden, without warning.

  10. Origin: spontaneus, from sponte.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spontaneous(adj)

    proceding from natural feeling, temperament, or disposition, or from a native internal proneness, readiness, or tendency, without constraint; as, a spontaneous gift or proportion

  2. Spontaneous(adj)

    proceeding from, or acting by, internal impulse, energy, or natural law, without external force; as, spontaneous motion; spontaneous growth

  3. Spontaneous(adj)

    produced without being planted, or without human labor; as, a spontaneous growth of wood

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spontaneous' in Adjectives Frequency: #1023

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi:

    Renzi has not asked me to make any spontaneous gestures.

  2. William Wordsworth:

    Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

  3. J. Jacques, Something Positive Comic, 08-22-05:

    Spontaneous kindness is to hipsters as high beams are to deer.

  4. Mark Caine:

    Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous.

  5. Reggie Leach:

    Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

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