spon·​ta·​ne·​i·​ty | \ˌspän-tə-ˈnē-ə-tē, -ˈnā- \

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

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But President Trump, who likes to field his own telephone calls and prefers spontaneity to protocol, is a different breed. New York Times, "Prankster Calls the President, and the White House Puts Him Right Through," 29 June 2018 The impersonality and spontaneity of social media, which are edging out newspapers in news delivery, is fuelling the trend. The Economist, "American political rhetoric is sliding towards the sewer," 21 June 2018 These die-hards fear that the car, long a symbol of freedom and spontaneity, is becoming just another numbing high-tech appliance. Jonathan Welsh, WSJ, "Yes, Cars Still Come With Stick—Here Are a Few New Favorites," 24 May 2018 There is a looseness and spontaneity to those recordings, not to mention a lot of heart. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Rita Coolidge, rejuvenated with 'Safe in the Arms of Time'," 6 July 2018 Sean Payton: Taysom Hill's spontaneity presents a challenge for defenses The Saints claimed Hill after the Green Bay Packers placed him on waivers after the 2017 preseason. Amos Morale Iii, NOLA.com, "Saints' Taysom Hill having a 'ton of fun' getting reps at quarterback," 24 May 2018 Image Sometimes making dinner is an exercise in spontaneity. David Tanis, New York Times, "Lamb Stew, Now Lighter and Brighter," 11 May 2018 Michael Nyerges, Cincinnati Enquirer The one moment when execution, skill, spontaneity and a whole lot of magic can mix together to create a legend. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "The No. 2 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip," 12 July 2018 The act was completely in character for Ms. Gutierrez, 28, a dedicated soccer player and spitfire known for her big personality, spontaneity and smart, quick moves, both on and off the field. Louise Rafkin, New York Times, "Why Wait? When You Know, You Know.," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spontaneity

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spontaneity

: the quality or state of being spontaneous

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