spontaneity 1650s; see SPONTANEOUS (Cf. spontaneous) + -ITY (Cf. -ity).

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  • Spontaneity — Spon ta*ne i*ty (sp[o^]n t[.a]*n[=e] [i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Spontaneities} ( t[i^]z). [Cf. F. spontan[ e]it[ e].] 1. The quality or state of being spontaneous, or acting from native feeling, proneness, or temperament, without constraint or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spontaneity — index impulse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • spontaneity — *abandon, *unconstraint Analogous words: spontaneousness, instinctiveness, impulsiveness (see corresponding adjectives at SPONTANEOUS): extem poraneousness, offhandedness, unpremeditatedness (see corresponding adjectives at EXTEMPORANEOUS):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spontaneity — spon tǝ nay i ti has largely superseded the traditional pronunciation spon tǝ nee i ti …   Modern English usage

  • spontaneity — [spän΄tə nē′ə tē; ] often [ spän΄tənā′ə tē] n. 1. the state or quality of being spontaneous 2. pl. spontaneities spontaneous behavior, movement, action, etc …   English World dictionary

  • spontaneity — [[t]spɒ̱ntəne͟ɪɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Spontaneity is spontaneous, natural behaviour. He had the spontaneity of a child …   English dictionary

  • spontaneity — 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… …   English terms dictionary

  • spontaneity — noun the quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constraint (Freq. 3) the spontaneity of his laughter • Syn: ↑spontaneousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑spontaneous (for: ↑spontaneousness) …   Useful english dictionary

  • spontaneity — noun Date: 1651 1. the quality or state of being spontaneous 2. voluntary or undetermined action or movement; also its source …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spontaneity — /spon teuh nee i tee, nay /, n., pl. spontaneities. 1. the state, quality, or fact of being spontaneous. 2. spontaneous activity. 3. spontaneities, spontaneous impulses, movements, or actions. [1645 55; < LL spontane(us) SPONTANEOUS + ITY] * * * …   Universalium

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