Extemporaneous meaning

ĭk-stĕmpə-rānē-əs
Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text.

An extemporaneous speech.

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Carried out or performed with little or no preparation; impromptu.

An extemporaneous piano recital.

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Speaking or adept at speaking without preparation.
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Made for the occasion; improvised.
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Provided, made, or adapted as an expedient; makeshift.

An extemporaneous policy decision.

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Skilled at or given to unrehearsed speech or performance.

An accomplished extemporaneous speaker.

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Made, done, or spoken without any preparation; unpremeditated; offhand.

An extemporaneous speech.

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Spoken with some preparation but not written out or memorized.
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The definition of extemporaneous is something done or spoken with little or no preparation.

An example of extemporaneous is "extemporaneous acting," when an actor practices their lines only once before a performance.

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Origin of extemporaneous

  • From Late Latin extemporāneus from Latin ex tempore extempore

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin extemporāneus, from Latin ex tempore.

    From Wiktionary