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extempore

[ ik-stem-puh-ree ]
/ ɪkˈstɛm pə ri /
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adverb

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.

adjective

extemporaneous; impromptu.

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Origin of extempore

First recorded in 1545–55; from Latin: literally, “out of the time, at the moment,” equivalent to ex “out of” (see ex-1) + tempore “the time” (ablative singular of tempus )

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OTHER WORDS FROM extempore

non·ex·tem·po·re, adverb, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for extempore

extempore
/ (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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