happening or arising without apparent external cause
"spontaneous laughter"; "spontaneous combustion"; "a spontaneous abortion"
ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten(adj)
said or done without having been planned or written in advance
"he made a few ad-lib remarks"
Self generated; happening without any apparent external cause.
He made a spontaneous offer of help.
Done by one's own free choice, or without planning.
proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint
arising from a momentary impulse
controlled and directed internally : self-active : spontaneous movement characteristic of living things
produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous
not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural
Sudden, without warning.
Origin: spontaneus, from sponte.
proceding from natural feeling, temperament, or disposition, or from a native internal proneness, readiness, or tendency, without constraint; as, a spontaneous gift or proportion
proceeding from, or acting by, internal impulse, energy, or natural law, without external force; as, spontaneous motion; spontaneous growth
produced without being planted, or without human labor; as, a spontaneous growth of wood
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spon-tā′nē-us, adj. of one's free-will: involuntary: acting by its own impulse or natural law: produced of itself or without interference.—ns. Spontanē′ity, Spontā′neousness, the state or quality of being spontaneous.—adv. Spontā′neously.—Spontaneous combustion, a phenomenon that occasionally manifests itself in mineral and organic substances; Spontaneous generation, a term applied to the real or imaginary development of lowly organisms from non-living matter. [L. spontaneus—sponte, of one's own accord.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'spontaneous' in Adjectives Frequency: #1023
The numerical value of spontaneous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of spontaneous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Renzi has not asked me to make any spontaneous gestures.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.
These are not spontaneous, individual activities, it's a coordinated and organized action, a managed campaign.
We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
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- spontánní, impulzivníCzech
- خود جوش، داوطلبانه، ناگهانیPersian
- spontaani, yllättävä, impulsiivinen, äkillinen, luonnollinen, omaehtoinen, oma-aloitteinenFinnish
- volontaire, spontané, naturel, soudain, réflexe, indigène, endémique, impulsifFrench
- saor-thoileachScottish Gaelic
- spontan, plutseligNorwegian
- plutseleg, spontanNorwegian Nynorsk
- samorzutny, spontanicznyPolish
- спонта́нный, самопроизво́льный, доброво́льныйRussian
- ȉmpulzīvan, spȍntānSerbo-Croatian
- spontan, reflexmässigSwedish
- kendiliğinden, doğalTurkish
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