adjective Etymology: Late Latin extemporaneus, from Latin ex tempore Date: 1673 1. a. (1) composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment ; impromptu <
an extemporaneous comment
(2) carefully prepared but delivered without notes or text b. skilled at or given to extemporaneous utterance c. happening suddenly and often unexpectedly and usually without clearly known causes or relationships <
a great deal of criminal and delinquent behavior is…extemporaneous — W. C. Reckless
2. provided, made, or put to use as an expedient ; makeshift <
an extemporaneous shelter
extemporaneously adverbextemporaneousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Extemporaneous — Ex*tem po*ra ne*ous, a. [See {Extempore}.] Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; off hand; ad lib; extempore; extemporary; as, an extemporaneous address or production. {Ex*tem po*ra… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extemporaneous — [eks΄tem΄ pə rā′nē əs, ik stem΄pə rā′nē əs] adj. [LL extemporaneus: see EXTEMPORE] 1. made, done, or spoken without any preparation; unpremeditated; offhand [an extemporaneous speech] 2. spoken with some preparation but not written out or… …   English World dictionary

  • extemporaneous — index ad hoc, impulsive (rash), informal, spontaneous, unpremeditated Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • extemporaneous — (adj.) 1650s (earlier extemporal, 1560s), from M.L. extemporaneus, from L. ex tempore (see EXTEMPORE (Cf. extempore)). Related: Extemporaneously …   Etymology dictionary

  • extemporaneous — / extemporary [adj] unrehearsed, improvised ad hoc, ad lib, at first glance, automatic, by ear*, casual, expedient, extempore, free, immediate, impromptu, improv*, improvisatory, improviso, informal, jamming*, made up, makeshift, offhand, off the …   New thesaurus

  • extemporaneous — extemporaneously, adv. extemporaneousness, extemporaneity /ik stem peuh reuh nee i tee/, n. /ik stem peuh ray nee euhs/, adj. 1. done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous speech. 2.… …   Universalium

  • extemporaneous — ex•tem•po•ra•ne•ous [[t]ɪkˌstɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs[/t]] adj. 1) done, spoken, or performed without preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous speech[/ex] 2) prepared in advance but delivered using few or no notes: extemporaneous lectures[/ex] 3)… …   From formal English to slang

  • extemporaneous — /əkstɛmpəˈreɪniəs/ (say uhkstempuh rayneeuhs), /ɛk / (say ek ) adjective 1. done or spoken extempore; impromptu: an extemporaneous speech. 2. speaking or performing extempore. 3. made for the occasion, as a shelter. 4. Pharmacy of or relating to… …   Australian English dictionary

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