- spontaneous abortion,
- spontaneous amputation,
- spontaneous combustion,
- spontaneous gangrene of newborn,
- spontaneous generation
Origin of spontaneous
Examples from the Web for spontaneously
The mayor was now spontaneously applauded when he walked down the street.
In medicine, Lazarus is the patient who, believed dead, spontaneously starts to circulate blood.
In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.
Devastated, she climbed with feral intensity, hoping the baby might spontaneously abort.
Malaysia admitted lithium-ion batteries that have spontaneously exploded on other flights were being carried on the missing plane.
The colonel might have choked with thirst before he spontaneously handed him a decanter.The Actress in High Life|Sue Petigru Bowen
She had exhausted herself in her effort to induce the intoxication of devotion which had come to her spontaneously the day before.The Beth Book|Sarah Grand
It will revere virtue and worship God as inevitably and spontaneously as it breathes.The Ascent of the Soul|Amory H. Bradford
And yet are we in a world where the smallest events assume, spontaneously, a beauty that ever becomes purer and loftier.The Treasure of the Humble|Maurice Maeterlinck
A dancer rises suddenly, spontaneously, as if seized by the passion of the music.Things seen in Spain|C. Gasquoine Hartley
Word Origin for spontaneous
1650s, from Late Latin spontaneus "willing, of one's free will," from Latin (sua) sponte "of one's own accord, willingly;" of unknown origin. Related: Spontaneously. Earliest use is of persons and characters. Spontaneous combustion first attested 1795. Spontaneous generation (the phrase, not the event) attested from 1650s.