[ ik-stem-puh-ree ]
/ ɪkˈstɛm pə ri /


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

1545–55; < Latin: literally, out of the time, at the moment, equivalent to ex out of (see ex-1) + tempore the time (ablative singular of tempus)
Related formsnon·ex·tem·po·re, adverb, adjective
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/ (ɪkˈstɛmpərɪ) /

adverb, adjective

without planning or preparation; impromptu

Word Origin for extempore

C16: from Latin ex tempore instantaneously, from ex- 1 out of + tempus time
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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."

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