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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.

  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

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. Giovanni Morassutti:

    I want to be spontaneous like a wild animal.

  2. Jonas Umland:

    He came across very well, also at times spontaneous.

  3. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi:

    Renzi has not asked me to make any spontaneous gestures.

  4. William Wordsworth:

    Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

  5. J. Jacques, Something Positive Comic, 08-22-05:

    Spontaneous kindness is to hipsters as high beams are to deer.

Images & Illustrations of spontaneous

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