semispontaneous

spontaneous

[spon-tey-nee-uhs]
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:
1650–60; < Late Latin spontāneus, equivalent to Latin spont(e) willingly + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)

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


1. unpremeditated, free. See automatic, voluntary.


1. premeditated.
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spontaneous (spɒnˈteɪnɪəs)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Late Latin spontāneus, from Latin sponte voluntarily]
 
spon'taneously
 
adv
 
spon'taneousness
 
n

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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.
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