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[spon-tuh-nee-i-tee, -ney-] /ˌspɒn təˈni ɪ ti, -ˈneɪ-/
noun, plural spontaneities.
the state, quality, or fact of being spontaneous.
spontaneous activity.
spontaneities, spontaneous impulses, movements, or actions.
1645-55; < Late Latin spontāne(us) spontaneous + -ity Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for spontaneity


/ˌspɒntəˈniːɪtɪ; -ˈneɪ-/
noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being spontaneous
(often pl) the exhibiting of actions, impulses, or behaviour that are stimulated by internal processes
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Word Origin and History for spontaneity

1650s; see spontaneous + -ity.

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