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 Richardson, by contrast, speaks with the breezy spontaneity of someone who knows that nothing, or nothing more serious than entertainment, is really at stake. Giles Harvey, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘The Totally Football Show With James Richardson’," 3 July 2018 So there’s a bit of spontaneity to it, but Bill’s a kind of spontaneous character. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "True Detective alum Stephen Dorff on putting the badge back on for Deputy," 2 Jan. 2020 That, combined with his genuine intimacy with his now-family, allowed him to capture something close to spontaneity. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Lord Snowdon’s Work Was About So Much More Than the Royal Family," 15 Dec. 2019 Children could be involved in your plans, adding more energy and spontaneity. BostonGlobe.com, "Most popular on BostonGlobe.com," 26 Nov. 2019 The right balance of spontaneity, passion, genuine surprise and fluidity of movement is so difficult to achieve, and that's why 95% of Premier League players who score goals end up immediately ruining it by looking silly. SI.com, "6 of the Best Moments from Another Thrilling Weekend of Premier League Action," 4 Nov. 2019 The projected spontaneity of Travolta's performances might be more akin to a thick layer of frosting than a mere cherry. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "John Travolta is in the Rotten Tomatoes clunker, ‘no regrets’ stage of his career - and is enjoying every minute of it," 29 Aug. 2019 Stratton Mountain in Vermont encourages spontaneity with its One Nighter package. Korky Vann, courant.com, "Save a mountain of cash with these ski bargains in the Northeast," 13 Nov. 2019 The thing about live music is there’s a spontaneity in it, that gives it a special freshness. BostonGlobe.com, "The thing about live music is there’s a spontaneity in it, that gives it a special freshness. And when you play with the film, the film borrows that from the soundtrack. When you see the film with the live music, the film also seems to be alive in that way.," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of spontaneity

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spontaneity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spontaneity. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spontaneity

: the quality or state of being spontaneous

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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