spon|ta´ne|ous|ness

spon|ta´ne|ous|ness
spon|ta|ne|ous «spon TAY nee uhs», adjective, adverb.
–adj.
1. caused by natural impulse or desire; of one's own choice; not forced or compelled; not planned beforehand: »

Both sides burst into spontaneous cheers at the skillful play.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under voluntary. (Cf.voluntary)
2. taking place without external cause or help; caused entirely by inner forces; of itself: »

A pile of oily rags will sometimes break into a spontaneous flame. The eruption of a volcano is spontaneous.

3. growing or produced naturally without cultivation or labor; not planted or cultivated.
–adv.
in a spontaneous manner.
[< Late Latin spontāneus (with English -ous) < Latin sponte of one's own accord]
spon|ta´ne|ous|ly, adverb.
spon|ta´ne|ous|ness, noun.

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  • ness — ness·ber·ry; ness·ler·iza·tion; ness·ler·ize; ness·ler s; new·fan·gled·ness; new·ness; news·i·ness; nice·ness; nig·gard·li·ness; nig·gard·ness; nigh·ness; nip·pi·ness; no·ble·ness; nois·i·ness; non·cha·lant·ness; north·er·li·ness; north·ness;… …   English syllables

  • ous — ovig·er·ous; ovu·lif·er·ous; ozon·if·er·ous; ozon·ous; pa·lav·er·ous; pal·la·dif·er·ous; pal·la·di·ous; pap·il·lif·er·ous; pap·u·lif·er·ous; par·ous; par·ri·cid·i·ous; pec·tin·ous; pe·dig·er·ous; pel·tig·er·ous; pen·tam·er·ous; pe·nu·ri·ous;… …   English syllables

  • spontaneousness — spon·ta·ne·ous·ness …   English syllables

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  • ne — ne·ma·li·on; ne·ma·li·o·na·ce·ae; ne·ma·li·o·na·les; ne·mat·ic; ne·mat·o·gen; ne·mat·o·gone; ne·me·an; ne·mer·tea; ne·me·sia; ne·mi·ne; ne·mi·ne; ne·mo; ne·mo·bi·us; ne·moc·era; ne·moph·i·la; ne·mori·cole; ne·mou·ri·dae; ne·ne; ne·ne; ne·o·blast; …   English syllables

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