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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Many sequences are cleverly conceived and handsomely staged, with sweet animated characters, as before—a bathtub fantasy, above and below bath water; an extravaganza set in a Royal Doulton world—yet explosions of spontaneity are few and far between. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review: Hard Medicine to Swallow," 20 Dec. 2018 There is no rehearsal before each podcast and thus is there a delightful spontaneity to the proceedings. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "His dad wrote a porno. His 'Porno' podcast is a huge hit and is coming to the Chicage Theatre.," 2 Mar. 2018 Leaving room for spontaneity is one of the many benefits of traveling outside of peak season, along with lower airfares and fewer tourists. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of spontaneity

: the quality or state of being spontaneous

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