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Definitions for spontaneous
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.

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  2. spontaneousadjective

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

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  3. spontaneousadjective

    proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  4. spontaneousadjective

    arising from a momentary impulse

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  5. spontaneousadjective

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

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  6. spontaneousadjective

    produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  7. spontaneousadjective

    not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  8. spontaneousadjective


    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  9. spontaneousadjective

    Sudden, without warning.

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

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. Bernie Sanders:

    You will see in this campaign a lot of spontaneous activity that doesn't come from our national headquarters, people in Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California, they're going to come up with an idea, they're going to use local artists and musicians. So this is our effort to build a political movement, which will help us win the primary, help us win the general election and, in my view, it is the only way we bring about the kind of fundamental reforms we need in this country.

  2. Carolyn Palmer:

    I not only wanted to portray the playful, animated and spontaneous Lucy, but also the glamorous Hollywood icon.

  3. Fred Zelinger:

    There has been a flurry of research in the last five years that says that rewards for grades actually reduce motivation, i don’t believe in the carrot-and-stick mentality. If you do celebrate the grades, a spontaneous activity that offers quality time together is the best, rather than a gift or money.

  4. Jonas Umland:

    He came across very well, also at times spontaneous.

  5. William Wordsworth:

    Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. bibulous
    • B. jejune
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