1. Carried out or performed with little or no preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous piano recital.
2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: an extemporaneous speech.
3. Skilled at or given to unrehearsed speech or performance: an accomplished extemporaneous speaker.
4. Provided, made, or adapted as an expedient; makeshift: an extemporaneous policy decision.
[From Late Latin extemporāneus, from Latin ex tempore; see extempore.]
ex·tem′po·ra·ne′i·ty (-pər-ə-nē′ĭ-tē) n.
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