/ik stem"peuh ree/, adv.
1. on the spur of the moment; without premeditation or preparation; offhand: Questions were asked extempore from the floor.
2. without notes: to speak extempore.
3. (of musical performance) by improvisation.
4. extemporaneous; impromptu.
[1545-55; < L: lit., out of the time, at the moment, equiv. to ex out of (see EX-1) + tempore the time (abl. sing. of tempus)]

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  • Extempore — Ex*tem po*re, adv. [L. ex out + tempus, temporis, time. See {Temporal}.] Without previous study or meditation; without preparation; on the spur of the moment; suddenly; extemporaneously; as, to write or speak extempore. Shak. a. Done or performed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extempore — [ek stem′pə rē, ikstem′pə rē] adv., adj. [L, lit., out of the time < ex , from, out of + tempore, abl. of tempus, time: see TEMPER] without preparation; offhand [a speech given extempore] SYN. IMPROMPTU …   English World dictionary

  • extempore — index informal, spontaneous, unexpected, unpremeditated Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • extempore — 1550s (adv.), 1630s (n.), from L. phrase ex tempore offhand, in accordance with (the needs of) the moment, lit. out of time, from ex out of (see EX (Cf. ex )) + tempore, ablative of tempus (gen. temporis) time. Of speaking, strictly without… …   Etymology dictionary

  • extempore — pronounced as four syllables, means ‘spoken or done without preparation’, and can be used as an adverb or an adjective. It is preferable to the cumbersome alternatives extemporaneous(ly) and extemporary / extemporarily. Impromptu, which is over… …   Modern English usage

  • extempore — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ spoken or done without preparation. ORIGIN from Latin ex tempore on the spur of the moment (literally out of the time ) …   English terms dictionary

  • Extempore — Mit Extempore (lat. für „aus dem Moment“) bezeichnet man improvisierte, aus dem Stegreif in die Situation hinein gesprochene Sätze. Manchmal wird der Begriff auch auf vorbereitete Äußerungen bezogen, die aber nicht im offiziellen Text stehen.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • extempore — ex|tem|po|re [ıkˈstempəri] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: ex tempore out of the moment ] spoken or done without any preparation or practice = ↑impromptu ▪ an extempore speech >extempore adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • extempore — [16] An extempore speech is one that is given literally ‘out of time’ – that is, ‘on the spur of the moment’. That was the meaning of the Latin phrase extempore (ex ‘out of’ and tempore, the ablative case of tempus ‘time’), which was the source… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • extempore — adjective spoken or done without any preparation or practice: an extempore speech extempore adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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