spon|ta´ne|ous|ly

spon|ta´ne|ous|ly
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.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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):… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spon·ta·ne·ous — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • spon — spon·dyl·ic; spon·dyl·i·dae; spon·dy·li·tis; spon·dyl·i·um; spon·dy·lo·cla·di·um; spon·dy·loid; spon·dy·lo·lis·the·sis; spon·dy·lo·mo·rum; spon·dyl·ous; spon·dy·lus; …   English syllables

  • o|to|spon|gi|o|sis — «OH tuh SPUHN jee OH sihs», noun. = otosclerosis. (Cf. ↑otosclerosis) ╂[< New Latin otospongiosis < Greek oûs, ōtós ear + spongíā sponge + ōsis osis] …   Useful english dictionary

  • spontaneous — spon·ta·ne·ous …   English syllables

  • spontaneously — spon·ta·ne·ous·ly …   English syllables

  • spontaneous — spon|ta|ne|ous [ span teıniəs ] adjective * happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about: spontaneous applause/cheers He was suddenly filled with tears of spontaneous emotion. a. used in a positive way about someone who often …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spontaneous — spon•ta•ne•ous [[t]spɒnˈteɪ ni əs[/t]] adj. 1) coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation 2) (of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses 3) (of natural phenomena) arising from internal forces or …   From formal English to slang

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