[ ik-stem-puh-ree ]
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  1. on the spur of the moment; without premeditation or preparation; offhand: Questions were asked extempore from the floor.

  2. without notes: to speak extempore.

  1. (of musical performance) by improvisation.

  1. extemporaneous; impromptu.

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


/ (ɪkˈstɛmpərɪ) /

adverb, adjective
  1. without planning or preparation; impromptu

Origin of extempore

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

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