What does spontaneous mean?

Definitions for spontaneous
spɒnˈteɪ ni əsspon·ta·neous

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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.

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  2. spontaneous(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  3. spontaneous(Adjective)

    proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  4. spontaneous(Adjective)

    arising from a momentary impulse

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  5. spontaneous(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  6. spontaneous(Adjective)

    produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  7. spontaneous(Adjective)

    not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural

    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  8. spontaneous(Adjective)


    Etymology: spontaneus, from sponte.

  9. spontaneous(Adjective)

    Sudden, without warning.

    Etymology: 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

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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British National Corpus

  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. Ariel Ruiz:

    Everything we have seen suggests the migrant caravans were loosely organized and largely spontaneous in nature, and were not organized or directed by the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras.

  2. Judith Martin:

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

  3. Giovanni Morassutti:

    I want to be spontaneous like a wild animal.

  4. Reggie Leach:

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

  5. Lydia Child:

    That man's best works should be such bungling imitations of Nature's infinite perfection, matters not much; but that he should make himself an imitation, this is the fact which Nature moans over, and deprecates beseechingly. Be spontaneous, be truthful, be free, and thus be individuals! is the song she sings through warbling birds, and whispering pines, and roaring waves, and screeching winds.

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