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extemporaneous

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adjective ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous \(ˌ)ek-ˌstem-pə-ˈrā-nē-əs\

Simple Definition of extemporaneous

  • : made up or done without special preparation

Full Definition of extemporaneous

  1. 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. 2 :  provided, made, or put to use as an expedient :  makeshift <an extemporaneous shelter>

ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly adverb
ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness noun

Examples of extemporaneous

  1. <caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneous speech at the awards banquet>



Origin of extemporaneous

Late Latin extemporaneus, from Latin ex tempore


First Known Use: 1673

Rhymes with extemporaneous



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