Adjective "Spontaneous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus.
  1. 'a spontaneous display of affection'
  2. 'The audience alternated compulsive chatter with breathless silence, and there were three or four mid-film bouts of spontaneous, delighted applause.'
  3. 'This results in a show that is all spontaneous energy, time and time again.'
  4. 'This was unfamiliar music to them, and to show such a spontaneous reaction was very gratifying.'
  5. 'His editorial vision was flawless, spontaneous and always laser-sharp.'
  6. 'The 27-year-old director also exhibits a great reverence for his actors, whose performances often seem so spontaneous, many viewers mistakenly believe the film was improvised.'
  7. 'A lot of it has a spontaneous feel and that's why it's so good.'
  8. 'The performer must make spontaneous decisions about what pose to strike and where to freeze the action.'
  9. 'On a day's journey off the beaten track one might meet very few people, but their hospitality was spontaneous and generous.'
  10. 'They just do it, and it's beautiful and creative and spontaneous.'
  11. 'Now, it's more concentrated and not as spontaneous.'
  12. 'Whistler's charm was genuine and completely spontaneous.'
  13. 'His natural ability to be flexible and spontaneous at the same time always commended itself to orchestras, but I don't believe he looked on himself as a stylist.'
  14. 'You need to be spontaneous and to be able to react to any given situation, because no group of children are the same.'
  15. 'Sarah is the free spirit black sheep of a rich family who is known for her impulsive, spontaneous personality.'
  16. 'The spontaneous form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the one not linked to consumption of beef or anything else, claimed over 1,000 Brits in the same time period.'
  17. 'I guess it's something like spontaneous human combustion, only different.'
  18. 'For what it's worth, a zooid is ‘an organic cell capable of spontaneous movement independent of the parent organism.’'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"approvals can be spontaneous in people."

"applauses can be spontaneous for people."

"speeches can be spontaneous."

"reactions can be spontaneous."

"people can be spontaneous."

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Mid 17th century: from late Latin spontaneus (from ( sua) sponte ‘of (one's) own accord’) + -ous.