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extemporaneous

ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous

extemporaneous

pronunciation:
ihk stem p reI ni s
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not planned or prepared; impromptu.
It was hard to believe that this hilarious and heartwarming toast was in fact extemporaneous.
synonyms:
extempore, impromptu, improvised, unrehearsed
similar words:
ad-lib, impulsive, makeshift, off the cuff, offhand, spontaneous, unplanned
definition 2: of a speech, delivered with little or no reference to notes or prepared text.
Her lectures, although extemporaneous, always cover the points she wants to get across.
synonyms:
extempore, off the cuff, spontaneous, unrehearsed
similar words:
impromptu, improvised, informal, offhand
definition 3: capable of or accustomed to performing with little or no preparation or rehearsal.
synonyms:
improvisational
similar words:
impulsive, spontaneous
definition 4: provided or made with anything available; makeshift.
synonyms:
improvised, makeshift, stopgap
similar words:
ersatz, haphazard, provisional, slapdash, temporary
derivations: extemporaneously (adv.), extemporaneity (n.), extemporaneousness (n.)
Word Parts
The word extemporaneous contains the following parts:
ex- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away from
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The prefix ex- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as exit and expel . It has multiple forms, as the 'x' sound in ex- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms e-, ef-, and es-. ex- is also used in the formation of English words such as "ex-partner," where it means "formerly having the status of."
synonyms:
extr-, extra-, exter-
 
temp1, tempor Latin root that means time
synonyms:
chron, chrono