extemporaneous


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to extemporaneous: extemporaneous compounding

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.

extemporaneous

(ɪkˌstɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs) or

extemporary

adj
1. (Theatre) spoken, performed, etc, without planning or preparation; impromptu; extempore
2. done in a temporary manner; improvised
exˌtempoˈraneously, exˈtemporarily adv
exˌtempoˈraneousness, exˈtemporariness n

ex•tem•po•ra•ne•ous

(ɪkˌstɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs)

adj.
1. done, spoken, or performed without preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous speech.
2. prepared in advance but delivered using few or no notes: extemporaneous lectures.
3. performing with little or no advance preparation: extemporaneous orators.
4. made for the occasion; improvised: extemporaneous housing.
[1650–60; < Late Latin extemporāneus. See extempore, -an1, -eous]
ex•tem`po•ra′ne•ous•ly, adv.
ex•tem`po•ra′ne•ous•ness, ex•tem`po•ra•ne′i•ty (-rəˈni ɪ ti) n.
syn: extemporaneous, impromptu are used of expression that is not planned. extemporaneous may refer to a speech given without any advance preparation: extemporaneous remarks. impromptu is also used of a speech, but often refers to a poem, song, etc., delivered without preparation and at a moment's notice: She entertained the guests with some impromptu rhymes.

extemporaneous

, impromptu - Extemporaneous means "prepared in advance and carried out with few or no notes," while impromptu means "totally unprepared, performed on the spur of the moment"—but this distinction has been all but lost.
See also related terms for moment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Switch to new thesaurus
Adj.1.extemporaneous - with little or no preparation or forethought; "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"; "an extemporaneous piano recital"; "an extemporary lecture"; "an extempore skit"; "an impromptu speech"; "offhand excuses"; "trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"; "an off-the-cuff toast"; "a few unrehearsed comments"
unprepared - without preparation; not prepared for; "unprepared remarks"; "the shock was unprepared"; "our treaty makers approached their immensely difficult problems unprepared"- R.E.Danielson

extemporaneous

adjective
Spoken, performed, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought:
Informal: off-the-cuff.
Translations

extemporaneous

[ɪksˌtempəˈreɪnɪəs] extemporary [ɪksˈtempərərɪ] ADJimprovisado

extemporaneous

, extemporary
References in classic literature ?
The intellect relies on memory to make some supplies to face these extemporaneous squadrons.
Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.
A fiddler who was present, and who appeared to act as the appointed minstrel of the company, forthwith struck up a Scotch reel; and that in tones so invigorating, that Hugh and his friend (who had both been drinking before) rose from their seats as by previous concert, and, to the great admiration of the assembled guests, performed an extemporaneous No-Popery Dance.
The style of preaching he had chosen was the extemporaneous, which was held little short of the miraculous in rural parishes like King's Lorton.
The child, sitting down with the old man close behind it, had been thinking how strange it was that horses who were such fine honest creatures should seem to make vagabonds of all the men they drew about them, when a loud laugh at some extemporaneous witticism of Mr Short's, having allusion to the circumstances of the day, roused her from her meditation and caused her to look around.
The richly-documented third chapter on "Rabelais and the Art of Memory" provides an important survey of mnemonic techniques in writers as diverse as Agricola, Erasmus, Melanchthon, and Vives, and sheds new light on the episode of the "paroles gelees," which Smith reads in terms of the distinction between writing and extemporaneous speech, the "freezing" of words on paper versus their "storage" in one's memory.
She soon realized however, that these songs were connected to non-royal praise songs and to other extemporaneous performances of non-praise songs.
Both Stewart and Colbert are excellent at extemporaneous humor, so the interviews can be longer and still plenty entertaining.
This is the evangelical trait most off-putting to other Christians--many of whom are unsettled by extemporaneous prayer, find "I"-centered praise choruses offensive, and puzzle with Nicodemus at the concept of being "born again.
A: In September 1991, the NSW Department of Health announced the information required for labels for extemporaneous preparations.
One example is "sound seeing," which is the extemporaneous audio recording of a person's experiences when traveling, or doing anything else.
During a meeting, the week's "table topics master" poses two or three impromptu questions and calls on members to give an extemporaneous, one-to two-minute reply, teaching them to think and speak on their feet.