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ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous

 (ĭk-stĕm′pə-rā′nē-əs)

adj.

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.

ex·tem′po·ra′ne·ous·ly adv.

ex·tem′po·ra′ne·ous·ness n.

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