spontaneity


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spon·ta·ne·i·ty

 (spŏn′tə-nē′ĭ-tē, -nā′-)
n. pl. spon·ta·ne·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being spontaneous.
2. Spontaneous behavior, impulse, or movement.

spontaneity

(ˌspɒntəˈniːɪtɪ; -ˈneɪ-)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being spontaneous
2. (Psychology) (often plural) the exhibiting of actions, impulses, or behaviour that are stimulated by internal processes

spon•ta•ne•i•ty

(ˌspɒn təˈni ɪ ti, -ˈneɪ-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state, quality, or fact of being spontaneous.
2. spontaneous activity.
3. spontaneities, spontaneous actions.
[1645–55]

Spontaneity

 

off the cuff Extempore, on the spur of the moment, spontaneously, impromptu; offhandedly, informally, unofficially. The allusion is to speakers whose only preparation is notes jotted on their shirt cuffs. Of U.S. origin, this expression dates from at least 1938.

In that scene, shot off the cuff in a shockingly bad light, there leapt out of the screen … something of the real human guts and dignity. (Penguin New Writing, 1944)

off the top of one’s head Offhandedly, unofficially, informally, without notes or preparation, extemporaneously. In this expression, the top of the head represents the superficial nature of the information being given. Webster’s Third cites Goodman Ace’s use of the expression:

Countless conferences at which everyone talked off the top of their heads.

on the spur of the moment Impulsively, impetuously; spontaneously, extemporaneously; suddenly, without deliberation. In this expression, spur implies speed, alluding to the sharp, U-shaped device strapped to the heel of a boot and used by a rider to prod a horse.

A speaker who gives us a ready reply upon the spur of the moment. (Robert Blakely, Free-will, 1831)

wing it To undertake anything without adequate preparation, usually with connotations of bluffing one’s way through. The term originated in the theater, with reference to actors who would go on stage without knowing their lines, relying on the prompters in the wings to get them through. This literal usage appears as early as 1886 in Stage Gossip.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spontaneity - the quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constraint; "the spontaneity of his laughter"
naturalness - the quality of being natural or based on natural principles; "he accepted the naturalness of death"; "the spontaneous naturalness of his manner"

spontaneity

noun
Freedom from constraint, formality, embarrassment, or awkwardness:
Translations
عَفْوِيَّه، تلقائِيَّه
vlastní iniciativa
spontanitetumiddelbarhed
spontanost
spontaneitás
òaî aî gerast sjálfkrafa
vlastná iniciatíva
kendiliğinden olma

spontaneity

[ˌspɒntəˈneɪɪtɪ] Nespontaneidad f

spontaneity

[ˌspɒntəˈneɪəti ˌspɒntəˈniːəti] nspontanéité f

spontaneity

nSpontaneität f; (of style)Ungezwungenheit f

spontaneity

[ˌspɒntəˈneɪətɪ] nspontaneità

spontaneous

(spənˈteiniəs) adjective
1. said, done etc of one's own free will without pressure from others. His offer was quite spontaneous.
2. natural; not forced. spontaneous behaviour.
sponˈtaneously adverb
sponˈtaneousness noun
spontaneity (spontəˈneiəti) , (spontəˈniːəti) noun
References in classic literature ?
But Christmas puddings, brawn, and abundance of spirituous liquors, throwing the mental originality into the channel of nightmare, are great preservatives against a dangerous spontaneity of waking thought.
Yet I noted, and was glad to note, evidence of a far deeper feeling than mere friendly regard, in her meeting with Arthur though this was, as I gathered, an almost daily occurrence--and the conversation between them, in which the Earl and I were only occasional sharers, had an ease and a spontaneity rarely met with except between very old friends: and, as I knew that they had not known each other for a longer period than the summer which was now rounding into autumn, I felt certain that 'Love,' and Love alone, could explain the phenomenon.
They could not spoil his safe spontaneity, and he remained the least cautious and the most lucky of young nobles.
All good conversation, manners, and action, come from a spontaneity which forgets usages and makes the moment great.
Sheldon laughed, but the strain in his voice destroyed the effect of spontaneity.
With spontaneity of admiration, Van Horn swept Jerry from the deck and gathered him into his arms.
The spring and the spontaneity had gone out of him.
The scholarship of our day agrees with the opinion of their contemporaries in assigning to Beaumont the greater share of judgment and intellectual power and to Fletcher the greater share of spontaneity and fancy.
The inquiry leads us to that source, at once the essence of genius, of virtue, and of life, which we call Spontaneity or Instinct.
As we saw in Lecture VIII, the images associated with a sensation often come with such spontaneity and force that the unsophisticated do not distinguish them from the sensation; it is only the psychologist or the skilled observer who is aware of the large mnemic element that is added to sensation to make perception.
So expressionless of any approach to spontaneity were his face and manner.
In the hard-grained face of Wegg, and in his stiff knotty figure (he looked like a German wooden toy), there was expressed a politic conciliation, which had no spontaneity in it.