spontaneous ADJECTIVE 1) performed or occurring as a result of an unpremeditated impulse and without external stimulus. 2) open, natural, and uninhibited. 3) (of a process or event) occurring without apparent external cause. 4) Biology (of movement or activity) instinctive or involuntary.
DERIVATIVES spontaneity noun spontaneously adverb.
ORIGIN Latin spontaneus, from sua sponte 'of one's own accord' .

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