extemporal

adjective

ex·​tem·​po·​ral ek-ˈstem-p(ə-)rəl How to pronounce extemporal (audio)
archaic
extemporally adverb

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin extemporālis, from ex tempore "on the spur of the moment, extempore" + -ālis -al entry 1

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extemporal was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Extemporal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extemporal. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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