Definitions for spontaneousspɒnˈteɪ ni əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spon•ta•ne•ousspɒnˈteɪ ni əs(adj.)

  1. coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation.

  2. (of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses.

  3. (of natural phenomena) arising from internal forces or causes.

  4. growing naturally or without cultivation, as plants and fruits; indigenous.

    Category: Botany

Origin of spontaneous:

1650–60; < LL spontāneus= L spont(e) willingly +-āneus (-ān(us) -an1+-eus -eous )


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spontaneous(adjective)ɒnˈteɪ ni əs

    happening without any warning or planning

    spontaneous applause; the spontaneity of the comedy; Police say the attack happened spontaneously.


  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

Translations for spontaneous

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


said, done etc of one's own free will without pressure from others

His offer was quite spontaneous.

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