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Word of the Day
Friday, October 19, 2001

Definitions for extemporaneous

  1. Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; impromptu.
  2. Prepared beforehand but delivered without notes or text.
  3. Skilled at or given to extemporaneous speech.

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Citations for extemporaneous
. . .the intimate goofiness of an extemporaneous story told to a child. Barbara Tritel, New York Times
She summed up the long and complex sessions in an hour's extemporaneous speech that was remarkable for its organization, pithiness and coherence. , New York Times
Origin of extemporaneous
Extemporaneous comes from Late Latin extemporaneus, from Latin ex tempore, "out of time," therefore "immediately, at the very time the occasion arises." It is related to temporary, "lasting for a limited time"; contemporary, "belonging to the same time" (con-, "with, together"); and tempo, "the rate or degree of movement in time."