spontaneous

spontaneous
[[t]spɒnte͟ɪniəs[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED Spontaneous acts are not planned or arranged, but are done because someone suddenly wants to do them.

Diana's house was crowded with happy people whose spontaneous outbursts of song were accompanied by lively music...

I joined in the spontaneous applause.

Derived words:
spontaneously ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

As soon as the tremor passed, many people spontaneously arose and cheered...

He was never spontaneously warm or friendly towards us.

2) ADJ A spontaneous event happens because of processes within something rather than being caused by things outside it.

I had another spontaneous miscarriage at around the 16th to 18th week.

...a spontaneous explosion.

Derived words:
spontaneously ADV ADV after v

Usually a woman's breasts produce milk spontaneously after the birth...

These images surface spontaneously in dreams.


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