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spontaneous

[spon-tey-nee-uhs]
adjective
  1. coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned: a spontaneous burst of applause.
  2. (of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses.
  3. (of natural phenomena) arising from internal forces or causes; independent of external agencies; self-acting.
  4. growing naturally or without cultivation, as plants and fruits; indigenous.
  5. produced by natural process.
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Origin of spontaneous

1650–60; < Late Latin spontāneus, equivalent to Latin spont(e) willingly + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)
Related formsspon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbspon·ta·ne·ous·ness, nounnon·spon·ta·ne·ous, adjectivenon·spon·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverbnon·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

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Examples from the Web for spontaneousness

Historical Examples

  • It would take away all spontaneousness from my conversation.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson

  • There is a spontaneousness about them we search for in vain in his work in oil and pastel.

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    Percy Moore Turner

  • Systematism is the death of spontaneousness, and spontaneousness is the very soul of art.

    Piano Playing

    Josef Hofmann

  • We hear that voice again in the spontaneousness and versatility of his style.

  • There are three lines along which one may seek for evidence of the spontaneousness of growth.


British Dictionary definitions for spontaneousness

spontaneous

adjective
  1. occurring, produced, or performed through natural processes without external influencespontaneous movement
  2. arising from an unforced personal impulse; voluntary; unpremeditateda spontaneous comment
  3. (of plants) growing naturally; indigenous
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Derived Formsspontaneously, adverbspontaneousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin spontāneus, from Latin sponte voluntarily
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Word Origin and History for spontaneousness

spontaneous

adj.

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.

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