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extemporaneous

[ ik-stem-puh-rey-nee-uhs ]
/ ɪkˌstɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs /
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adjective

done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous speech.
previously planned but delivered with the help of few or no notes: extemporaneous lectures.
speaking or performing with little or no advance preparation: extemporaneous actors.
made for the occasion, as a shelter.

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Nearby words

ext, ext., extant, extd., extemporal, extemporaneous, extemporaneously, extemporary, extempore, extemporize, extend

Origin of extemporaneous

First recorded in 1650–60, extemporaneous is from the Late Latin word extemporāneus on the spur of the moment. See extempore, -an, -eous
SYNONYMS FOR extemporaneous
1, 2 Extemporaneous ( extempore ), impromptu, improvised are used of expression given without preparation or only partial preparation. Extemporaneous and impromptu may both refer to speeches given without any preparation: an extemporaneous ( impromptu ) speech. Extemporaneous may also refer to a speech given from notes or an outline: extemporaneous lectures. Impromptu also refers to poems, songs, etc., delivered without preparation and at a moment's notice. Improvised is applied to something composed (recited, sung, acted), at least in part, as one goes along: an improvised piano accompaniment.
ANTONYMS FOR extemporaneous
1 memorized.
Related formsex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverbex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, ex·tem·po·ra·ne·i·ty [ik-stem-puh-ruh-nee-i-tee] /ɪkˌstɛm pə rəˈni ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for extemporaneous

extemporaneous

extemporary (ɪkˈstɛmpərərɪ, -prərɪ)

/ (ɪkˌstɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs) /

adjective

spoken, performed, etc, without planning or preparation; impromptu; extempore
done in a temporary manner; improvised
Derived Formsextemporaneously or extemporarily, adverbextemporaneousness or extemporariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for extemporaneous

extemporaneous


adj.

1650s (earlier extemporal, 1560s), from Medieval Latin extemporaneus, from Latin ex tempore (see extempore). Related: Extemporaneously.

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