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spontaneousadjective

uk   /spɒnˈteɪ.ni.əs/  us   /spɑːn-/
happening or done in a ​natural, often ​sudden way, without any ​planning or without being ​forced: His ​jokesseemed spontaneous, but were in ​factcarefullypreparedbeforehand.approving She's such a spontaneous, ​lively woman.

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spontaneity
noun [U] uk   /ˌspɒn.təˈneɪ.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌspɑːn.t̬əˈneɪ.ə.t̬i/ approving
The ​script has a ​refreshing spontaneity and ​sparkle.
spontaneously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The ​liquid spontaneously ​ignited.
(Definition of spontaneous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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spontaneousadjective

 us   /spɑnˈteɪ·ni·əs/
happeningnaturally, without ​planning or ​encouragement: a spontaneous ​performance spontaneous ​affection
spontaneously
adverb  us   /spɑnˈteɪ·ni·əs·li/
The ​children spontaneously gave us ​hugs and ​kisses.
(Definition of spontaneous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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