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spontaneous

[spon-tey-nee-uh s] /spɒnˈteɪ ni əs/
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
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin spontāneus, equivalent to Latin spont(e) willingly + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)
Related forms
spontaneously, adverb
spontaneousness, noun
nonspontaneous, adjective
nonspontaneously, adverb
nonspontaneousness, noun
semispontaneous, adjective
semispontaneously, adverb
semispontaneousness, noun
subspontaneous, adjective
subspontaneously, adverb
subspontaneousness, noun
unspontaneous, adjective
unspontaneously, adverb
unspontaneousness, noun
Synonyms
1. unpremeditated, free. See automatic, voluntary.
Antonyms
1. premeditated.
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British Dictionary definitions for semispontaneous

spontaneous

/spɒnˈteɪnɪəs/
adjective
1.
occurring, produced, or performed through natural processes without external influence: spontaneous movement
2.
arising from an unforced personal impulse; voluntary; unpremeditated: a spontaneous comment
3.
(of plants) growing naturally; indigenous
Derived Forms
spontaneously, adverb
spontaneousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin spontāneus, from Latin sponte voluntarily
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Word Origin and History for semispontaneous

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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