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 (ĭm-prŏv′ĭ-zə-tôr′ē, ĭm′prə-vī′-) also im·prov·i·sa·to·ri·al (ĭm-prŏv′ĭ-zə-tôr′ē-əl)
1. Made up without preparation; improvised.
2. Of or relating to improvisation: improvisatory skill.
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(ɪmˈprɒv ə zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌɪm prəˈvaɪ-)

also im•prov`i•sa•to′ri•al,

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an improvisation.
im•prov`i•sa•to′ri•al•ly, adv.
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He built on the improvisatory feel of the first movement, while injecting a vital sense of the unexpected in the final movement.
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This work explores one of the most potent sources of rap: the viciously funny, outrageously inventive insult game known as "the dozens." Hence, the traces the tradition of African American street rhyming and verbal combat that has ruled urban neighborhoods since the early 1900s (a basic building block of African-American culture) as he goes back to the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the humor of the blues; the hip language and competitive jamming of jazz; and in its ultimate evolution into the improvisatory battling of rap.
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