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improvisation

[im-prov-uh-zey-shuh n, im-pruh-vuh-] /ɪmˌprɒv əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌɪm prə və-/
noun
1.
the art or act of improvising, or of composing, uttering, executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation:
Musical improvisation involves imagination and creativity.
2.
something improvised:
The actor's improvisation in Act II was both unexpected and amazing.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; improvise + -ation
Related forms
improvisational, adjective
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Examples for improvisational
  • Then progressing to learned music reading slowed down the improvisational but motivating.
  • Between courses, performers interact through improvisational role-playing to a predetermined storyline.
  • Time was too short and the stakes were too high for his usual, more improvisational approach.
  • There is something inspiring about their fluid, improvisational approach.
  • Before that she was a copywriter and improvisational actress.
  • He began performing at an improvisational night spot.
  • Then a phrase was delivered to him straight from improvisational heaven.
  • But precisely because pro wrestling is a roughhouse-ballet form of improvisational comedy, the performers must be fine athletes.
  • Certainly his huge sound, fleet technique and improvisational ingenuity have captured the attention of colleagues.
  • Create and perform theatre pieces as well as improvisational drama.
Word Origin and History for improvisational
improvisation
1786, "act of improvising musically," from Fr. improvisation, from improviser "compose or say extemporaneously," from It. improvvisare, from improvviso "unforeseen, unprepared," from L. improvisus, from in- "not" + provisus "foreseen," also "provided," pp. of providere "foresee, provide" (see provide).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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