- 1Performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus: the audience broke into spontaneous applause a spontaneous display of affectionMore example sentences
- She's so lively and smiley that her responses to the audience seem entirely unforced and spontaneous.
- The audience alternated compulsive chatter with breathless silence, and there were three or four mid-film bouts of spontaneous, delighted applause.
- For the second time in the festival, the crowd broke into spontaneous cheers and applause as the village women stood up against the oppressive regime of their village.
- 1.1Having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner.More example sentences
- Both improvisation and the musical hold the contradictory idea that spontaneous performance is available to all and that some people are more spontaneous or open than others.
- Everything from Finny's appearance to his walk to his personality is natural and spontaneous.
- Whistler's charm was genuine and completely spontaneous.
- 1.2(Of a process or event) occurring without apparent external cause: spontaneous miscarriagesMore example sentences
- Some spontaneous abortions, apparently, ‘can be seen as a woman's reproductive organs unconsciously deciding not to go ahead with this pregnancy’.
- 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.
- I guess it's something like spontaneous human combustion, only different.
- 1.3 Biology (Of movement or activity in an organism) instinctive or involuntary: the spontaneous mechanical activity of circular smooth muscle
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- Spectators then sit back and watch the group spontaneously create characters and a storyline springing from the impromptu location.
- The set-up at the hotel was ad hoc and decisions were made spontaneously as to how business should be conducted.
- Yet during the actual shooting, I still allow the actors the freedom to react spontaneously to the content of the scene.
mid 17th century: from late Latin spontaneus (from (sua) sponte 'of (one's) own accord') + -ous.