Definitions of spontaneous

  1. said or done without having been planned or written in advance; " he made a few ad- lib remarks"
  2. happening or arising without apparent external cause; " spontaneous laughter"; " spontaneous combustion"; " a spontaneous abortion"
  3. produced without being planted or without human labor; " wild strawberries"
  4. Proceding from natural feeling, temperament, or disposition, or from a native internal proneness, readiness, or tendency, without constraint; as, a spontaneous gift or proportion.
  5. Proceeding from, or acting by, internal impulse, energy, or natural law, without external force; as, spontaneous motion; spontaneous growth.
  6. Produced without being planted, or without human labor; as, a spontaneous growth of wood.
  7. Done or acting from natural impulse; as, spontaneous applause; not produced by outside force but resulting from forces within a thing; as, spontaneous combustion.
  8. Spontaneously.
  9. Spontaneousness.
  10. Occurring without external stimulation.
  11. Applied to that which happens without external assistance.
  12. Of one's free- will: involuntary: acting by its own impulse or natural law: produced of itself or without interference.
  13. Spontsneity.
  14. Voluntary; self- impelled; produced of itself.
  15. Done or acting from one's own impulse; voluntary.
  16. Indigenous.
  17. Biol. Arising without external cause; self produced.
  18. Of one's own frecaecord; purely self- suggested, originated, or derived; of itself, without external interference or constraint. Spontaneous combustion, a taking fire of itself.
  19. Acting of one's own accord; done without compulsion; acting from its own impulse or energy; happening or produced of itself.

Usage examples for spontaneous

  1. In the world we live in, evil is the quick and spontaneous growth, while good is the forced and difficult culture. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  2. However able the matter, the reading, in my judgment, is much less effective than the spontaneous expression of the speaker. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  3. At this spontaneous moment his native grammar got the best of him. – A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward
  4. There can be no doubt of Byron's real habits of thought and feeling on subjects of this kind, even when his language for the occasion is the chastest; we detect in it the mood of the moment, perhaps spontaneous, perhaps put on, but in contradiction to the whole movement of the man's true nature. – Spenser (English Men of Letters Series) by R. W. Church
  5. How is that glad temper of spontaneous and cheerful consecration to be attained and maintained? – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  6. These canvases are more reasoned examples than works of intuition and spontaneous vision. – The French Impressionists (1860-1900) by Camille Mauclair
  7. True expression must be spontaneous and free. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  8. It is in this spontaneous and free, but guided, conference that the children get most good out of the literature lessons. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
  9. Great and good men draw others after them, exciting the spontaneous admiration of mankind. – Character by Samuel Smiles
  10. The inspiration was spontaneous. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  11. The men burst into a spontaneous shout of triumph. – Watchbird by Robert Sheckley
  12. He was always thoughtful of her welfare, always doing little acts of kindness, which, for the first time in his life, were spontaneous. – An I.D.B. in South Africa by Louise Vescelius-Sheldon
  13. Our work was the spontaneous consequence of our spontaneous mental development and of the spontaneous agreement of our minds. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  14. Nan's exclamation was quite spontaneous. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  15. It is pleasant, and the spontaneous growth of the most remote parts of our country. – A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America by S. A. Ferrall
  16. In the portrait of the mother the execution seems slower, hardly so spontaneous. – Modern Painting by George Moore
  17. This spontaneous activity would seem to place it quite beyond the control of the will, as of course it is, so far as the continuance of its essential activity goes, but there is probably no organ that is so much influenced by the emotions and comes indirectly under the influence of the will as the heart. – Health Through Will Power by James J. Walsh
  18. What was lacking in the way of stimulus from the university was more than made up for by the spontaneous interest of the fellows in college. – An American at Oxford by John Corbin
  19. Not that they begin later to be studied; on the contrary, they are the earliest cultivated, since in our abstract investigations we necessarily set out from spontaneous facts. – Auguste Comte and Positivism by John-Stuart Mill