noun, plural spon·ta·ne·i·ties.
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What does spontaneity mean?
Spontaneity is the state or quality of being spontaneous—happening naturally and without being planned.
When you describe an action or event as spontaneous, it means it happened naturally, without having been planned, as in The meeting turned into a spontaneous dance party. Spontaneity can also refer to this kind of spontaneous activity.
When something that someone does is described as spontaneous, it means it was done out of a natural impulse, without having been thought about beforehand
When spontaneous is used to describe a person, it means they have a tendency to or are known for doing things impulsively and without planning. This is usually used in a positive way to portray them as a fun person who is adventurous and willing to do things on the spur of the moment. Telling someone to be more spontaneous or introduce more spontaneity into their life means you want them to be more flexible and willing to do more things on a whim instead of needing for things to be completely structured or scheduled.
Example: I feel stuck in a routine—I need more spontaneity in my life.
Where does spontaneity come from?
The first records of the word spontaneity come from the mid-1600s. It comes from the Late Latin word spontāneus, which is related to the Latin spont(e), meaning “willingly” or “voluntarily.” The suffix -ity indicates a state or condition and is used to form nouns.
When you describe someone as spontaneous, it implies that they’re “up for anything”—they’re willing to try something new at a moment’s notice (without needing to plan or prepare for it). Spontaneity is the state of having this willingness. Telling someone who’s going on vacation to “plan for spontaneity” sounds like an oxymoron (a contradiction in terms), but it really just means that they should reserve some time that is not planned out, when they can choose to do whatever you want.
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What are some other forms related to spontaneity?
- spontaneous (adjective)
What are some synonyms for spontaneity?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing spontaneity?
How is spontaneity used in real life?
Spontaneity is most commonly used in a positive way to refer to a flexibility to do fun and adventurous things.
I don’t trust people that wear clean shoes all the time. They have no spontaneity and it shows.
— St. Nicholas (@internwatts) November 8, 2020
There’s a difference between spontaneity and chaos.
— kristy (@kristykim__) November 7, 2020
I’m getting old. I like organized spontaneity now. Give me enough time to mentally and physically prepare.. after that I’m down. Lmao
— Justice Jená (@IamJusticeJena) November 7, 2020
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Is spontaneity used correctly in the following sentence?
One of the reasons I love spontaneity is because it makes things very structured and predictable.
Example sentences from the Web for spontaneity
When we can hop on a plane, or just walk down the street and see what happens, the bliss of spontaneity minimizes the sting of forgetfulness.
Today, if you admire mid-century abstraction, you can’t help but love the individuality, spontaneity and sheer vivacity or her work.Helen Frankenthaler came from wealth and privilege. Her art transcends that.|Philip Kennicott|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
Such improvisation is impossible when carving wood, and yet these prints reproduce his trademark spontaneity.In the galleries: Tracing a generational progression in abstract art|Mark Jenkins|March 5, 2021|Washington Post
Naturally, virtual networking has become a common feature, but there is no replacing the spontaneity of exchanges at events.‘Leaders who lacked empathy struggled in 2020’: Agency chiefs discuss leadership transformation|Jessica Davies|January 4, 2021|Digiday
Robert Hackett, senior writerI am really looking forward to the return of spontaneity.
One gets the feeling that Mitchum misses not only the spontaneity but the fun his generation had.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum|Robert Ward|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was an endearingness to the spontaneity of it all, but also a palpable stress accompanying the frenzy.The YouTube Music Awards Were Alarmingly Strange and Epically Cool|Kevin Fallon|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Computers and ASDs think alike: both substitute memory and logic for social spontaneity.
Which is where the performance of Vera Farmiga comes in, with its impressively sly approximation of neurotic spontaneity.‘Bates Motel’: Ken Tucker Praises Vera Farmiga’s Knife-Sharp Performance|Ken Tucker|May 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ibrahim vaulted to the forefront of a movement generated in large part by social media, which thrives on emotion and spontaneity.A Human Rights Icon’s Ugly Side: Samira Ibrahim’s Hateful Tweets|Eleanor Clift|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I shall never forget it—nor the dear childish awkward spontaneity of its expression.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Not until pupils rise to the spontaneity which betokens a genuine love for the work in hand do they secure the richest results.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster|Daniel Webster
He would have suffered in spontaneity, vivacity, originality, and quietly taken his anchorage in the sleepy haven of mediocrity.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
Good he is, of course, but there's no spontaneity about him.
In this operation, in case the subordination is really absolute, no sort of spontaneity is present on the part of the subordinate.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park