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Spoken, done, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought: an extemporary lecture.
ex·tem′po·rar′i·ly (-râr′ə-lē) adv.
ex•tem•po•ra•ne•ous(ɪkˌstɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs)
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.
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.
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|Adj.||1.||extemporary - 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