- on the spur of the moment; without premeditation or preparation; offhand: Questions were asked extempore from the floor.
- without notes: to speak extempore.
- (of musical performance) by improvisation.
- extemporaneous; impromptu.
Origin of extempore
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Examples from the Web for extempore
In his discourses he was neither an extempore preacher, nor did he read.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
It was that night Tony's extempore prayer was echoed so earnestly by his aunt.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
All works of art should not be detached, but extempore performances.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Carpenters were at work converting the library into an extempore theatre.Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
And now Pastor Tappau began his prayer, extempore, as was the custom.Curious, if True
- without planning or preparation; impromptu
Word Origin and History for extempore
1550s (adv.), 1630s (n.), from Latin phrase ex tempore "offhand, in accordance with (the needs of) the moment," literally "out of time," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + tempore, ablative of tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Of speaking, strictly "without preparation, without time to prepare," but now often with a sense merely of "without notes or a teleprompter."