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

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 drug treatments rob the children of their spontaneity and initiative, in addition to a host of other side effects. WSJ, 24 Sep. 2021 Your client will trust your spontaneity and creativity if the communication is open, consistent and transparent. Reena Khullar Sharma, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 But the novel never feels anything less than captivating because Winman creates such a flawless illusion of spontaneity, an atmosphere capable of sustaining these characters’ macabre wit, comedy of manners and poignant longing. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 These tips are essential to get started with organizing hybrid teams and to set up some basic structures and WoWs — and to allow for spontaneity, as well. Ute Franzen-waschke, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 As a plus-size woman, embracing the spontaneity of travel isn't easy without a calculated packing strategy. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Aug. 2021 The problem, though, is that creativity, spontaneity, and the ability to notice a disruptive opportunity can fall by the wayside. Spencer Beemiller, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Spanning bold brights, soft pastels, and earthy neutrals, the collection reflects the juxtaposition between our need for calm and rest and our desire for spontaneity and excitement, the report notes. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2021 At his sharpest, his rapping was its own form of goofball poetry—a marvel of buoyancy, spontaneity, and ad-hoc wit. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2021

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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 18 Jan. 2022.

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