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extemporary Syllabification: ex·tem·po·rar·y
Pronunciation: /ikˈstempəˌrerē/

Definition of extemporary in English:


Another term for extemporaneous.
Example sentences
  • The format must be manipulated and contrived to prevent anything extemporary or natural from happening on the screen.
  • These are contrasted with ideas that are merely ‘arbitrary, rationalistic, or willed’, based on extemporary polemics.
  • The judgment says what it says, and we are not going to say anything extemporary which modifies what we have said in the judgment.


Late 16th century: from extempore, on the pattern of temporary.



Pronunciation: /ikˌstempəˈrerəlē/
Example sentences
  • David was a big man in every way, not only in stature but also in his ability to think broadly and to express his ideas brilliantly and extemporarily.
  • This was a point that was made extemporarily by my learned friend.



Words that rhyme with extemporary

contemporary, temporary

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