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Dictionary Definition

spontaneous adj
1 happening or arising without apparent external cause; "spontaneous laughter"; "spontaneous combustion"; "a spontaneous abortion" [syn: self-generated] [ant: induced]
2 said or done without having been planned or written in advance; "he made a few ad-lib remarks" [syn: ad-lib, unwritten]
3 produced without being planted or without human labor; "wild strawberries" [syn: wild]

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English

Etymology

spontaneus, from sponte of one's free will, voluntarily.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Self generated; happening without any apparent external cause.
    He made a spontaneous offer of help.
  2. Done by one's own free choice, or without planning.
  3. proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint
  4. arising from a momentary impulse
  5. controlled and directed internally : self-active : spontaneous movement characteristic of living things
  6. produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous
  7. not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural
  8. Random.
  9. Sudden, without warning.

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Translations

Self generated; happening without any apparent external cause
Done by one's own free choice, or without planning
proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint
arising from a momentary impulse
controlled and directed internally
produced without being planted or without human labor
not apparently contrived or manipulated
Random
Sudden, without warning

Extensive Definition

Spontaneous means a self-generated event, typically requiring no outside influence or help.
The word spontaneous may also refer to:
spontaneous in German: Spontaneität
spontaneous in Russian: Спонтанность

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ad lib, arbitrary, automated, automatic, automatous, autonomous, bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, casual, club, cybernated, discretional, discretionary, elective, extemporaneous, extempore, free, free will, gratuitous, gut, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-devised, immediate, impetuous, impromptu, improvised, impulsive, inadvertent, indeliberate, independent, inherent, innate, instinctive, instinctual, involuntary, libidinal, mace, mechanical, natural, nightstick, nonmandatory, off the cuff, offered, offhand, optional, proffered, reflex, reflexive, self-acting, self-active, self-adjusting, self-closing, self-controlled, self-cooking, self-determined, self-determining, self-directed, self-directing, self-dumping, self-governed, self-governing, self-lighting, self-operative, self-regulative, self-starting, self-winding, self-working, semiautomatic, simple, snap, spontoon, spur-of-the-moment, subliminal, truncheon, unadvised, unannounced, unasked, unbesought, unbidden, uncalculated, uncalled-for, uncoerced, uncompelled, unconscious, unconsidered, unconstrained, undeliberate, undeliberated, undesigned, unforced, unguarded, uninfluenced, unintended, unintentional, uninvited, unlearned, unmeditated, unplanned, unpremeditated, unprepared, unpressured, unprompted, unrehearsed, unrequested, unrequired, unsolicited, unsophisticated, unsought, unstudied, unthinking, unwilled, unwitting, voluntary, volunteer, willful
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