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spɒnˈteɪ ni əsspon·ta·neous

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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.5 / 4 votes

  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 Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. spontaneous

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

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

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 1 vote

  1. spontaneous, self-generatedadjective

    happening or arising without apparent external cause

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

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

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

  2. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwrittenadjective

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"

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

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

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. improvised

    to improvise is an act spontaneity.

    Submitted by caracristijc on July 22, 2023  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. spontaneousadjective

    Synonyms:
    voluntary, instinctive, uncompelled, unbidden, unconstrained, willing, gratuitous, free, of one's own accord

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. spontaneousadjective

    Synonyms:
    instinctive, voluntary, impulsive, unforced

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How to use spontaneous in a sentence?

  1. Ron Hughes:

    It was a great moment, just a spontaneous moment that was in no way planned, hopefully it’s something that people feel positive about.

  2. 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.

  3. Reggie Leach:

    Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

  4. Christopher Lloyd:

    It was love at first sight, everything just happened so easily with Michael. He has a comic flair, very spontaneous, had wonderful energy. It just all came through. And the chemistry we had between each other -- I felt we never had to work for it. It simply existed.

  5. Father Malachy Conlon:

    The pastoral council talked about reaching out to people at this difficult time and as we talked, this idea evolved. It was all quite spontaneous, there were huge crowds, it was a moving turnout. I've never received such a torrent of messages as I have this evening, people deeply appreciative and feeling connected to one another, despite all of the distancing.


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