American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Carried out or performed with little or no preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous piano recital.
- adj. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: an extemporaneous speech.
- adj. Skilled at or given to unrehearsed speech or performance: an accomplished extemporaneous speaker.
- adj. Provided, made, or adapted as an expedient; makeshift: an extemporaneous policy decision.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made, done, furnished, or procured at the time, without special preparation; resulting from or provided for the immediate occasion; unpremeditated: as, an extemporaneous address or performance; extemporaneous support or shelter.
- Synonyms Extemporaneous, Unpremeditated. There is now some disposition to apply extempore and extemporaneous to that which is unpremeditated only in form. Extemporaneous speaking or preaching is, by this view, carefully prepared in thought, arrangement, etc., only the choice of words and phraseology being left to the inspiration of the moment. Extemporary has not this sense. Unpremeditated is thus opposed to premeditated, and extemporaneous to written or recited.
- In pharmacy, noting a preparation which is compounded at the time it is ordered, in distinction from a ready-made, or officinal preparation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; off-hand; ad-lib; extempore; extemporary.
- adj. with little or no preparation or forethought
- From Late Latin extemporāneus, from Latin ex tempore. (Wiktionary)
- From Late Latin extemporāneus, from Latin ex tempore; see extempore. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His former style is what we call extemporaneous, but we do not wish to convey the idea that he spoke without preparation.”
“Finding that in extemporaneous speech she could only speak at one time of a few points, she determined to write out the most important part of what she wished to say.”
“Pigeons are still more useful in extemporaneous cooking than fowls, as, being smaller, they are sooner cooked.”
“A Greek bride, on leaving her father's house, takes leave of her friends and relatives frequently in extemporaneous verse.”
“Considering she’s supposed to be an attorney and all who excells in extemporaneous speaking conditions.”
“It has indeed been maintained, even in recent times, and by ministers of the National Church, that "the idea of extemporaneous prayer as an appropriate vehicle of public devotion was one quite unknown to the Reformation.”
“The man was most conscientious and had a beautiful contempt for the so-called extemporaneous speaker.”
“Elvira must have been what may be called extemporaneous acting.”
“Spontaneity, innovation, the kind of extemporaneous flourish that Springsteen, Bono, or Chris Martin have mastered, and that grants those idols access to a stratosphere the Killers are yet to pierce.”
“An enormous party - a kind of extemporaneous Spring Faire in advance of the actual date - had invaded the house and the lawns and gardens of all the neighbors around it.”
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