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

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But the supporting muscle provided by Julie Ertz and Mewis allowed former Boston Breaker midfielder Rose Lavelle to provide sparks of spontaneity. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Overflowing with talent, US could not be stopped," 7 July 2019 But spontaneity is one of the primary contributors to people’s happiness on vacation, says Kurz. Cassie Shortsleeve, Time, "How to Take a Relaxing Vacation Without Stressing About Work," 4 June 2019 Salvant showed admirable spontaneity throughout the set, working without a list, choosing tunes on a whim and frequently asking Fortner to choose the next song. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Cecile McLorin Salvant gives a nimble performance at the Dakota," 19 June 2019 Planning a trip thoroughly with tech tools may sound like giving up spontaneity. New York Times, "Ready for Vacation? Here’s the Best Tech for Trip Planning," 4 July 2018 Subversion and spontaneity are at the heart of Dadaism, the art form that inspired Claire Olshan’s new snack collection, Dada Daily. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Dada Daily Throws a Surrealist Dinner at One of New York’s Most Resplendent Apartments," 30 Mar. 2019 There’s no pretense of spontaneity here; the posing is deliberate and at times surreal. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "“It’s Called Ffasiwn” Is a Photography Exhibition That Challenges Assumptions About Status and Style," 25 Mar. 2019 Her spontaneity seems to be the inspiration behind Fenty’s latest gift set, called Rihanna’s Mystery Surprise. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Signing 20 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Palettes," 15 Dec. 2018 Get her a gift that supports her spontaneity or anything around exploring new places. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Home Gift Ideas for Every Star Sign," 27 Nov. 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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something desired as essential

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