What are some opposite words for spontaneous?

Antonyms for spontaneous
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This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term spontaneous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spontaneous, self-generated(adj)

    happening or arising without apparent external cause

    "spontaneous laughter"; "spontaneous combustion"; "a spontaneous abortion"

    Antonyms:
    written, induced, scripted, evoked, iatrogenic, elicited

    Synonyms:
    ad-lib, self-produced, self-generated, unwritten

  2. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten(adj)

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"

    Antonyms:
    elicited, scripted, evoked, written, iatrogenic, induced

    Synonyms:
    unwritten, unrehearsed, ad-lib, oral, off-the-cuff, extemporaneous, extempore, self-generated, offhand, extemporary, impromptu, offhanded

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. spontaneous

    That is spontaneous which is freely done, with no external compulsion and, in human actions, without special premeditation or distinct determination of the will; that is voluntary which is freely done with distinct act of will; that is involuntary which is independent of the will, and perhaps in opposition to it; a willing act is not only in accordance with will, but with desire. Thus voluntary and involuntary, which are antonyms of each other, are both partial synonyms of spontaneous. We speak of spontaneous generation, spontaneous combustion, spontaneous sympathy, an involuntary start, an unbidden tear, voluntary agreement, willing submission. A babe's smile in answer to that of its mother is spontaneous; the smile of a pouting child wheedled into good humor is involuntary. In physiology the action of the heart and lungs is called involuntary; the growth of the hair and nails is spontaneous; the action of swallowing is voluntary up to a certain point, beyond which it becomes involuntary or automatic. In the fullest sense of that which is not only without the will but distinctly in opposition to it, or compulsory, involuntary becomes an antonym, not only of voluntary but of spontaneous; as, involuntary servitude. A spontaneous outburst of applause is of necessity an act of volition, but so completely dependent on sympathetic impulse that it would seem frigid to call it voluntary, while to call it involuntary would imply some previous purpose or inclination not to applaud.

    Synonyms:
    automatic, free, impulsive, instinctive, involuntary, unbidden, voluntary, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. spontaneous

    Antonyms:
    involuntary, imposed, compulsionary, unwilling, necessitated, coercive

    Synonyms:
    voluntary, self-generated, self-originated, self-evolved, willing, unbidden, gratuitous

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. spontaneous(a)

    Synonyms:
    instinctive, voluntary, impulsive, unforced

Editors Contribution

  1. rigid

    inflexible, predictably unchanging

    john has a rigid personality, but steve is much more spontaneous and fun.

    Submitted by JP03 on October 27, 2014  
  2. ritualistic

    not prescribed procedure

    Submitted by anonymous on October 12, 2020  
  3. tactical

    Submitted by anonymous on August 16, 2020  

How to use spontaneous in a sentence?

  1. Maria Montessori:

    If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.

  2. Fred Zelinger:

    There has been a flurry of research in the last five years that says that rewards for grades actually reduce motivation, i don’t believe in the carrot-and-stick mentality. If you do celebrate the grades, a spontaneous activity that offers quality time together is the best, rather than a gift or money.

  3. Judith Martin, (Miss Manners):

    We are all born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

  4. Brett Favre:

    What makes me most proud is how I played the game, being real, authentic and spontaneous and loving the game was what it was all about.

  5. Judge John Koeltl:

    Under the First Amendment, the fear of such spontaneous attacks, without more, cannot override individuals' rights to freedom of expression.

How to pronounce spontaneous?

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How to say spontaneous in sign language?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#815written
#5223induced
#6643imposed
#13632spontaneous
#19538unwilling
#22716involuntary
#26774evoked
#34744elicited
#34838scripted
#37633coercive
#41507necessitated
#92877iatrogenic

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