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[ik-stem-puh-rey-nee-uh s] /ɪkˌstɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs/
done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu:
an extemporaneous speech.
previously planned but delivered with the help of few or no notes:
extemporaneous lectures.
speaking or performing with little or no advance preparation:
extemporaneous actors.
made for the occasion, as a shelter.
Origin of extemporaneous
1650-60; < Late Latin extemporāneus on the spur of the moment. See extempore, -an, -eous
Related forms
extemporaneously, adverb
extemporaneousness, extemporaneity
[ik-stem-puh-ruh-nee-i-tee] /ɪkˌstɛm pə rəˈni ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
1, 2. Extemporaneous (extempore ), impromptu, improvised are used of expression given without preparation or only partial preparation. Extemporaneous and impromptu may both refer to speeches given without any preparation: an extemporaneous (impromptu ) speech. Extemporaneous may also refer to a speech given from notes or an outline: extemporaneous lectures. Impromptu also refers to poems, songs, etc., delivered without preparation and at a moment's notice. Improvised is applied to something composed (recited, sung, acted), at least in part, as one goes along: an improvised piano accompaniment.
1. memorized. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for extemporaneous
  • The old man was then in his 90's, yet he provided detailed extemporaneous narration of 30 years of celluloid family history.
  • The conventions are only weeks away now and some delegates already have their extemporaneous, speeches memorized.
  • What would be unreasonable would be to expect someone to be perfect in an extemporaneous situation such as the classroom.
  • You are talking about a low-fidelity, decades-old recording of an extemporaneous conversation.
  • He faced his audience with resolute eyes and spoke with extemporaneous verve, in methodical detail.
  • He has many admirable qualities, but extemporaneous exposition is not one of them.
  • Then the President introduced an extemporaneous paragraph into his prepared text.
  • He rose to make a speech, and extemporaneous biblical eloquence would pour forth.
  • The kids looked surprised — the past 15 minutes hadn't been extemporaneous after all.
  • The speech was extemporaneous and is not included in his published papers.
British Dictionary definitions for extemporaneous


spoken, performed, etc, without planning or preparation; impromptu; extempore
done in a temporary manner; improvised
Derived Forms
extemporaneously, extemporarily, adverb
extemporaneousness, extemporariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for extemporaneous

1650s (earlier extemporal, 1560s), from Medieval Latin extemporaneus, from Latin ex tempore (see extempore). Related: Extemporaneously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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