spontaneous

[spon-tey-nee-uhs]
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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.

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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Contemporary Examples of unspontaneous

  • There was just Her Royal Self, moving slowly through the afternoon heat, as unspontaneous as ever.

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    July 6, 2010


British Dictionary definitions for unspontaneous

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
Derived Formsspontaneously, adverbspontaneousness, noun

Word Origin for spontaneous

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

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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