Spontaneous

  • 1 Spontaneous — means a self generated event, typically requiring no outside influence or help.The word spontaneous may also refer to:* Spontaneous abortion * Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis * Spontaneous combustion * Spontaneous emission * Spontaneous fission …

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  • 2 Spontaneous — Spon*ta ne*ous (sp[o^]n*t[=a] n[ e]*[u^]s), a. [L. spontaneus, fr. sponte of free will, voluntarily.] 1. Proceeding from natural feeling, temperament, or disposition, or from a native internal proneness, readiness, or tendency, without… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 spontaneous — 1 Spontaneous, impulsive, instinctive, automatic, mechanical in application to persons or their movements, acts, and utterances mean acting or activated without apparent thought or deliberation. Spontaneous can describe whatever is not affected… …

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  • 4 spontaneous — I adjective discretional, discretionary, elective, extemporal, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, free, free willed, impetuous, impromptu, improvisatorial, improvised, impulsive, indeliberate, independent, natural, optional, rash, self… …

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  • 5 spontaneous — 1650s, from L.L. spontaneus willing, of one s free will, from L. (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.… …

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  • 6 spontaneous — [spän tā′nē əs] adj. [LL spontaneus < L sponte, of free will < IE base * (s)pen(d) , to pull > SPIN] 1. acting in accordance with or resulting from a natural feeling, impulse, or tendency, without any constraint, effort, or premeditation …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 spontaneous — [adj] impulsive, willing ad lib*, automatic, break loose, casual, down, extemporaneous, extempore, free, free spirited, from the hip*, impetuous, impromptu, improvised, inevitable, instinctive, involuntary, irresistible, natural, offhand, off the …

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  • 8 spontaneous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) performed or occurring as a result of an unpremeditated impulse and without external stimulus. 2) open, natural, and uninhibited. 3) (of a process or event) occurring without apparent external cause. 4) Biology (of movement or… …

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  • 9 spontaneous — 01. The crowd burst into [spontaneous] applause when the Queen appeared on the balcony. 02. Thousands of people [spontaneously] poured into the streets of the capital to celebrate after the victory of the national soccer team in the World Cup. 03 …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 spontaneous — adjective 1) a spontaneous display of affection Syn: unplanned, unpremeditated, unrehearsed, impulsive, impetuous, unstudied, impromptu, spur of the moment, extempore, extemporaneous; unforced, voluntary, unconstrained, unprompted, unbidden,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 spontaneous — [[t]spɒnte͟ɪniəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Spontaneous acts are not planned or arranged, but are done because someone suddenly wants to do them. Diana s house was crowded with happy people whose spontaneous outbursts of song were accompanied by lively… …

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  • 12 spontaneous — spon|ta|ne|ous [ span teıniəs ] adjective * happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about: spontaneous applause/cheers He was suddenly filled with tears of spontaneous emotion. a. used in a positive way about someone who often …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 spontaneous */ — UK [spɒnˈteɪnɪəs] / US [spɑnˈteɪnɪəs] adjective happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about spontaneous applause/cheers He was suddenly filled with tears of spontaneous emotion. a) used in a positive way about someone who… …

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  • 14 spontaneous — adjective Etymology: Late Latin spontaneus, from Latin sponte of one s free will, voluntarily Date: 1653 1. proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint 2. arising from a momentary impulse 3. controlled and… …

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  • 15 spontaneous — spon|ta|ne|ous [spɔnˈteıniəs US spa:n ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: spontaneus, from Latin sponte of your own free will ] 1.) something that is spontaneous has not been planned or organized, but happens by itself, or because you… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 spontaneous — adj. 1 acting or done or occurring without external cause. 2 voluntary, without external incitement (made a spontaneous offer of his services). 3 Biol. (of structural changes in plants and muscular activity esp. in young animals) instinctive,… …

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  • 17 spontaneous — adjective a) Self generated; happening without any apparent external cause. He made a spontaneous offer of help. b) Done by ones own free choice, or without planning. See Also …

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  • 18 spontaneous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. instinctive, automatic, involuntary; extemporaneous, uninhibited, unforced, natural. See impulse, will, freedom. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. involuntary, instinctive, unbidden, unplanned, impromptu …

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  • 19 spontaneous — adjective 1) a spontaneous display of affection Syn: unplanned, unpremeditated, impulsive, impromptu, spur of the moment, unprompted; informal off the cuff 2) a spontaneous kind of person Syn: natural, uninhibited, relaxed …

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  • 20 spontaneous — /spɒnˈteɪniəs / (say spon tayneeuhs) adjective 1. proceeding from a natural personal impulse, without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained: a spontaneous action; a spontaneous remark. 2. (of impulses, motion, activity, natural… …

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