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extempore

Line breaks: ex|tem¦pore
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛmp(ə)ri
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of extempore in English:

adjective& adverb

Spoken or done without preparation: [as adjective]: extempore public speaking [as adverb]: he recited the poem extempore
More example sentences
  • She was quite prepared to speak extempore for an hour, when well in her seventies.
  • From a reader of speeches, she started speaking extempore.
  • The Prime Minister seemed to be in a very enthusiastic and positive mood as he spoke extempore for about 20 minutes.
Synonyms
on-the-spot, extemporary, extemporaneous;
makeshift, thrown together, cobbled together, rough and ready;
on the spot, unpremeditatedly, without preparation, without rehearsal, without planning;
informal off the cuff, on the spur of the moment, off the top of one's head, just like that, at the drop of a hat

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin ex tempore 'on the spur of the moment' (literally 'out of the time').

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  • This word is from Latin ex tempore ‘on the spur of the moment’ (literally ‘out of the time’).

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