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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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extemporaneous

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

extemporaneous

[ɪksˌtempəˈreɪnɪəs] extemporary [ɪksˈtempərərɪ] ADJimprovisado
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extemporaneous

, extemporary
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That extemporaneousness breathes tension and freshness into each show, while keeping the playwright's message intact.
Bernstein (66) argued that extemporaneousness is an essential part of dexterity, which is important in dance.
Moreover, because of the clown's notorious extemporaneousness, there would also have been uncertainty about whether Miles was speaking for the Queen's Men, for Greene, or for the comic actor playing him when he brings up the "statute." Responsibility for the potential seditious content of this comment would have been hard to pin down.