[ spon-tey-nee-uhs ]
/ spɒnˈteɪ ni əs /
coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned: a spontaneous burst of applause.
(of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses.
(of natural phenomena) arising from internal forces or causes; independent of external agencies; self-acting.
growing naturally or without cultivation, as plants and fruits; indigenous.
produced by natural process.
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a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
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Origin of spontaneous
OTHER WORDS FROM spontaneous
spon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbspon·ta·ne·ous·ness, nounnon·spon·ta·ne·ous, adjectivenon·spon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverb
non·spon·ta·ne·ous·ness, nounsem·i·spon·ta·ne·ous, adjectivesem·i·spon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·spon·ta·ne·ous·ness, nounsub·spon·ta·ne·ous, adjectivesub·spon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbsub·spon·ta·ne·ous·ness, nounun·spon·ta·ne·ous, adjectiveun·spon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbun·spon·ta·ne·ous·ness, noun
Words nearby spontaneous
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Example sentences from the Web for non-spontaneous
Though still frequently spoken of as concepts, they are definitely referred to the receptive, non-spontaneous, side of the mind.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
British Dictionary definitions for non-spontaneous
/ (spɒnˈteɪnɪəs) /
occurring, produced, or performed through natural processes without external influencespontaneous movement
arising from an unforced personal impulse; voluntary; unpremeditateda spontaneous comment
(of plants) growing naturally; indigenous
Derived forms of spontaneousspontaneously, adverbspontaneousness, noun
Word Origin for spontaneous
C17: from Late Latin spontāneus, from Latin sponte voluntarily
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