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spɒnˈteɪ ni əsspon·ta·neous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spontaneous, self-generatedadjective

    happening or arising without apparent external cause

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

  2. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwrittenadjective

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"


  1. spontaneousadjective

    Self generated; happening without any apparent external cause.

    He made a spontaneous offer of help.

  2. spontaneousadjective

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

  3. spontaneousadjective

    proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint

  4. spontaneousadjective

    arising from a momentary impulse

  5. spontaneousadjective

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

  6. spontaneousadjective

    produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous

  7. spontaneousadjective

    not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural

  8. spontaneousadjective


  9. spontaneousadjective

    Sudden, without warning.

  10. Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPONTANEOUSadjective

    Voluntary; not compelled; acting without compulsion or restraint; acting of itself; acting of its own accord.

    Etymology: spontanée, French; from sponte, Lat.

    Many analogal motions in animals, though I cannot call them voluntary, yet I see them spontaneous: I have reason to conclude, that these are not simply mechanical. Matthew Hale.

    They now came forth
    Spontaneous; for within them spirit mov’d
    Attendant on their lord. John Milton.

    While John for nine-pins does declare,
    And Roger loves to pitch the bar,
    Both legs and arms spontaneous move,
    Which was the thing I meant to prove. Matthew Prior.

    Begin with sense, of ev’ry art the soul,
    Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole;
    Spontaneous beauties all around advance,
    Start ev’n from difficulty, strike from chance,
    Nature shall join you, time shall make it grow. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spontaneousadjective

    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. Spontaneousadjective

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

  3. Spontaneousadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spontaneous

    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. spontaneussponte, of one's own accord.]

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spontaneous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spontaneous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of spontaneous in a Sentence

  1. Ry Cooder:

    R&B and all that stuff was always very spare and spontaneous. Nobody made those records under solid gold situations. It was just in and out, and you didn't labor over the thing. I like music like that.

  2. Father Malachy Conlon:

    The pastoral council talked about reaching out to people at this difficult time and as we talked, this idea evolved. It was all quite spontaneous, there were huge crowds, it was a moving turnout. I've never received such a torrent of messages as I have this evening, people deeply appreciative and feeling connected to one another, despite all of the distancing.

  3. Judith Martin, (Miss Manners):

    We are all born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

  4. Mikulas Redecha:

    With increasing age, the chances for spontaneous conception decrease and the chance of developing a fibroid increases, if you have a fibroid, that does not automatically mean that getting pregnant spontaneously is impossible.

  5. Mark Caine:

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

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