from The Century Dictionary.
- Slight; hasty; not fully considered; done hastily or on the spur of the moment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Extemporary; offhand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective dated
impromptu, ex temporeor offhand
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The book concerns itself, above all, with the attitudes and opinions of others: though demonstrably capable of the most uninvolved, scientifically analytical dissection of an attitude, Bailey never slips into careless, autoschediastic, personal commentary.
And as the manner of the combat is autoschediastic or extemporaneous, and to meet a hurried occasion, so is the reader to understand that the object of our disputation is not the learned, but the unlearned student; and our purpose, not so much to discontent the one with his painful acquisitions, as to console the other under what, upon the old principle of _omne ignotum pro magnifico_, he is too apt to imagine his irreparable disadvantages.
Who has read Alexander Ross over, ') why, in that case, let us indulge his fastidious taste by calling it an autoschediastic combat, to which, surely, there can be no such objection.