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Definition of spontaneous adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not planned but done because you suddenly want to do it a spontaneous offer of help The audience burst into spontaneous applause.
  2. 2often doing things without planning to, because you suddenly want to do them
  3. 3(technology) happening naturally, without being made to happen spontaneous remission of the disease
  4. 4done naturally, without being forced or practiced a tape recording of spontaneous speech a wonderfully spontaneous performance of the piece
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adverb We spontaneously started to dance. The bleeding often stops spontaneously.
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