extemporal

adjective

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

Word History

Etymology

Latin extemporalis, from ex tempore

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extemporal was in 1570

Dictionary Entries Near extemporal

Cite this Entry

“Extemporal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extemporal. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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