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The group broke into spontaneous laughter.
  happening or arising without plan (naturally)


behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner (unplanned)


happening without apparent external cause
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spontaneous spontaneously spontaneity
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  • The group broke into spontaneous laughter.
  • He bubbled with enthusiasms, and his faintest smile or lightest laugh seemed spontaneous and genuine.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
  • And Nicholas heard her spontaneous, happy, ringing laughter.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • This, beyond most works of Greek literature, is remarkable for its fresh and spontaneous love of wild natural scenes.
    Homer  --  Collection Of Hesiod, Homer and Homerica

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  • Everything about him was warm and spontaneous.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences - "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: the heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.
    R. Buckminster Fuller
  • No, the bomber battle in 8 and my intervention in 2 were spontaneous, rash, and definitely unauthorized.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It is too well executed to be spontaneous, because it happens in complete unison.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Normal cells didn’t spontaneously become cancerous, he said; they were simply taken over by HeLa.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Fiery, spontaneous, passionate—as he imagined most artists to be.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook

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  • When she finally reached my side, there were gasps of joy and everyone spontaneously began to clap.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • It’s this course where each boy in class has to get up in class and make a speech. You know. spontaneous and all.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Spontaneously several voices cried out.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Then she turned and left the stage, left him there alone, standing and facing the crowd, which began spontaneously the collective murmur of his name.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • So tell me, Tyler, those nights you stood outside my window, was I spontaneous enough for you?
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Then, spontaneously, the Aphrodite campers cheered so loudly, they must’ve been heard all across camp.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Even though I was spontaneous and free at Aunt Mary’s, I still became lifeless and shy around my classmates.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • She was quiet, her expression softening into the spontaneous compassion I’d once been so drawn to.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • She had this horrible sense that she really was going to spontaneously morph back into her seventh-grade self.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • At the time it had seemed spontaneous, him casually suggesting we pose, but in fact my dad had been planning it for weeks as a gift for my mother for Christmas.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration, the object of which was to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of Animal Farm.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • for a while that there was a deep and spontaneous mutual attraction
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • "Spontaneous combustion is a form of harm, Mr. D," Chiron put in.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Outside, Wade was directing everyone to breathe and do a personal movement, something spontaneous.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • A spontaneous demonstration.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Blink is concerned with ... those instantaneous impressions and conclusions that spontaneously arise whenever we meet a new person or confront a complex situation or have to make a decision under conditions of stress.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • ...with the off-hand unaffectedness of natural regality, he seemed to accept the spontaneous homage of his shipmates.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Spontaneity and whim are the order of the day.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • I am not a spontaneous person.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • For the first time in what seemed like forever, she had done something completely spontaneous, something she couldn’t have imagined doing less than a week ago.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • spontaneous worship of Vaughan
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • a deed of spontaneous beauty
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • He kisses her spontaneously.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • The fifth time they met, under the spell of Rosa’s youthful spontaneity—halfway through a heated discussion...—Litvinoff surprised himself by proposing they go hear a concert together.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • "If you’d sat there any longer," Annabeth said, "you would’ve spontaneously combusted."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • ...when my mother came out into the hall, her hair hanging loosely down her back; she had a fondue fork in her hand and a look of surprise on her face. It was planned spontaneity, right down to her bare feet, something she never did.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • That her son had developed all the latent characteristics of a three-dollar bill escaped her notice—all she knew was that she was glad he lived in Birmingham because he was oppressively devoted to her, which meant that she felt obliged to make an effort to reciprocate, which she could not with any spontaneity do.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • People make spontaneous decisions based on their hearts all the time.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Why would an old light just spontaneously break?
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • It’s the best acting performance of his life, because his heart is racing and there’s so much adrenaline flooding his blood, he’s afraid he’ll spontaneously combust.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • In New York, those first few years of marriage, I’d been desperate to please my wife, to return to those loose-limbed days when she’d run across a drugstore parking lot and leap into my arms, a spontaneous celebration of her hair-spray purchase.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It occurred spontaneously—no prior symptoms at all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "What you’re about to see is completely spontaneous and unrehearsed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Atal is very good at spontaneous tears, so he started crying.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • For years Walter’s family members and supporters had been confronted with menacing stares and threats of expulsion whenever they expressed some spontaneous opinion during court proceedings, but today the deputies accepted their expressive cheerfulness in silence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She wasn’t exactly sure what that entailed, other than that spontaneity seemed to be an integral part of it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • They were usually ordered out of the lounge when Noel, unable to play a single tune, started thrashing out one of his spontaneous concerts on the piano.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • She glanced at the other passengers and saw that they had all gone quiet as well, a spontaneous moment of silence for the world they were leaving behind.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Go anywhere spontaneously (bags needed to be packed, routes to be double-checked for accessibility).
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It was a splendid, uproarious, spontaneous celebration, with hugs and handshakes and kisses all around, and eventually Milligan produced the remains of last night’s birthday cake and Rhonda whipped up a frothy fruit punch.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
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