extemporaneous

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

Definition of extemporaneous

  1. 1a (1) :  composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment :  impromptu an extemporaneous comment (2) :  carefully prepared but delivered without notes or textb :  skilled at or given to extemporaneous utterancec :  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

extemporaneously

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extemporaneousness

noun

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Examples of extemporaneous in a sentence

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

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Extemporaneous, which comes from Latin ex tempore ("out of the time"), joined the English language sometime in the mid-17th century. The word impromptu was improvised soon after that. In general usage, extemporaneous and impromptu are used interchangeably to describe off-the-cuff remarks or speeches, but this is not the case when they are used in reference to the learned art of public speaking. Teachers of speech will tell you that an extemporaneous speech is one that has been thoroughly prepared and planned but not memorized, whereas an impromptu speech is one for which absolutely no preparations have been made.

Origin and Etymology of extemporaneous

Late Latin extemporaneus, from Latin ex tempore


First Known Use: 1673


EXTEMPORANEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

extemporaneous

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

Definition of extemporaneous for English Language Learners

  • : made up or done without special preparation



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