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 Mel Awes was a firecracker and a fun-maker, prone to spontaneity, whose energy filled a room. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Together in life and death: Minnesota couples battle COVID-19," 27 Dec. 2020 The internet could regain some of its spontaneity and sense of adventure. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Make Media Small Again," 22 Dec. 2020 Nengudi was in awe of their spontaneity, their defiance. Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times, "An Artist’s Continuing Exploration of the Human Form," 9 Nov. 2020 The pace is deadly slow, the style old-fashioned and the acting devoid of spontaneity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Let Him Go’ Review: Drama Gone Missing," 5 Nov. 2020 Young and Crazy Horse inject a welcome kick into these 10 songs, although there is a surfeit of moderate tempos and not enough of the fiery spontaneity that has long been their trademark. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "All boxed up! New CD and vinyl box sets from Prince, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, U2 and more," 13 Dec. 2020 The joy of life includes moments of spontaneity, which during a pandemic are fleeting at best. John Benson, cleveland, "Beck Center for the Arts unveils new ‘Spontaneity Alive’ exhibition," 4 Dec. 2020 Bring that spontaneity back with the Instax Mini 11’s classic Polaroid point-and-click function. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in the UK," 29 Nov. 2020 The spontaneity/emotion/honesty of a dance also really appealed to me at the time. New York Times, "A Night at the Sock Hop," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of spontaneity

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spontaneity was in 1651

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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Spontaneity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spontaneity. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spontaneity

: the quality or state of being spontaneous

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