spon·​ta·​ne·​i·​ty | \ ˌspän-tə-ˈnē-ə-tē How to pronounce spontaneity (audio) , -ˈnā- How to pronounce spontaneity (audio) \

Definition of spontaneity

1 : the quality or state of being spontaneous
2 : voluntary or undetermined action or movement also : its source

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Examples of spontaneity in a Sentence

the spontaneity of their behavior the couple sacrificed some of the spontaneity in their lives when they had a baby
Recent Examples on the Web The music soared to new heights in an atmosphere of joy and spontaneity. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Laurel Canyon, once home to Harry Houdini, the Doors and the Eagles, is being lionized — again," 31 May 2020 June 27 brings a new burst of spontaneity, as ambitious Mars makes his way into feisty Aries. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your June Horoscope," 1 June 2020 Video calls lack the spontaneity of a normal meeting; no off-the-cuff remarks to lighten the mood. The Economist, "Bartleby Working life has entered a new era," 30 May 2020 Warhol was seemingly incapable of spontaneity, some private calculus forever ticking away in his head at a speed different from that of normal cogitation. Gary Indiana, Harper's Magazine, "Always Leave Them Wanting Less," 25 May 2020 That frustrates Gayle especially, who thrives on spontaneity. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, "CBS This Morning Co-Hosts Celebrate 1 Year Together — Who's the Best 'Morning Person'?," 20 May 2020 Vomero and his crew seemed disoriented by the casual spontaneity of Clemens and his team. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 But what Tanowitz and Dinnerstein have created is a complex, exacting performance that preserves a sensation of spontaneity, improvisation, and embrace of error. Erica Getto, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Delightful Flurry of Movement’: Dances to Bach," 1 Feb. 2020 The latecomer seeks to distinguish itself by imbuing the video chat platform with a sense of spontaneity. Fortune, "Ford’s swift pivot to PPE showcases the automaker’s competitive edge in design," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of spontaneity

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spontaneity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spontaneity. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spontaneity

: the quality or state of being spontaneous

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