from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Spoken, done, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought. See Synonyms at extemporaneous.

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  • adj. Extemporaneous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Extemporaneous.
  • adj. Made for the occasion; for the time being.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Composed, performed, uttered, or applied without previous study or preparation: as, an extemporary sermon.
  • Made or procured for the occasion or for the present purpose; extemporaneous.
  • Synonyms See extemporaneous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. with little or no preparation or forethought


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From extempore.


  • Not always, not by every one, come these inspirations; too often what is called extemporary prayer is but a form, differing from the liturgy of the church only in being poorer and colder.

    Poganuc People: Their Loves and Lives

  • Exercise I have of late withdrawn my self: three Hours by the Clock he prays extemporary, which is, for National and Household Blessings: For the first -- 'tis to confound the Interest of the King, that the Lard wou'd deliver him, his Friends, Adherers and Allies, wheresoever scatter'd about the Face of the whole Earth, into the Clutches of the

    The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume I

  • Tom o 'the Gleam standing up and delivering a kind of extemporary oration, while his rough cap, under the pilotage of Bill Bush, was being passed round the table in the fashion of a collecting plate.

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

  • Consequences were her most frequent choice; for, as she had a ready invention, and a happy turn of sprightliness, which was often mistaken for wit, nobody shone more in this kind of extemporary sallies than herself.

    Caroline; or, the Diversities of Fortune

  • “My spirits were all in arms, and I played a kind of extemporary prelude.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

  • "My spirits were all in arms, and I played a kind of extemporary prelude.

    Maria, or, The Wrongs of Woman

  • He stunned Parliament as a young MP in the 1770s with his extemporary oratory and dandyish clothes.

    My hero: Charles James Fox

  • I remember sessions with him and some of the other UK sf writers of the 50s, including Ken Bulmer and John Brunner, in which her work was the sole subject of enthusiastic conversation and where we vied with one another to capture that typical, intoxicating style in extemporary round-robins, which is what writers used to do at sf conventions before they started becoming stars.

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  • But before proceeding either to business or refreshment, Mr. Bide-the-Bent, at a signal from Sir William Ashton, invited the company to join him in a short extemporary prayer, in which he implored a blessing upon the contract now to be solemnised between the honourable parties then present.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • And therefore he that has most experience in any kind of business has most signs whereby to guess at the future time, and consequently is the most prudent: and so much more prudent than he that is new in that kind of business, as not to be equalled by any advantage of natural and extemporary wit, though perhaps many young men think the contrary.



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