extemporaneous; extempore.
Obsolete. sudden; unexpected.

Origin of extemporary

First recorded in 1600–10; extempore + -ary
Related formsex·tem·po·rar·i·ly [ik-stem-puh-rair-uh-lee, -rer-] /ɪkˌstɛm pəˈrɛər ə li, -ˈrɛr-/, adverbex·tem·po·rar·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for extemporary

Historical Examples of extemporary

  • He wrote essays, squibs, and pamphlets for an extemporary support.

    Damon and Delia

    William Godwin

  • You are independent of your mood, on which the extemporary preacher has to lean so much.

  • They sat as still and attentive around him, as though before an extemporary preacher.

    Henry Brocken

    Walter J. de la Mare

  • What seemed to be an effort to celebrate his achievements in extemporary verse brought on another fit.


    George A. Birmingham

  • Mr. Cartwright began, almost in a whisper, to utter his extemporary prayer.

    The Vicar of Wrexhill

    Mrs [Frances] Trollope