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Extémporal. adj. [extemporalis, Latin.]

  1. Uttered without premeditation; quick; ready; sudden.

    Alcidimus the sophister hath many arguments to prove, that voluntary and extemporal far excelleth premeditated speech. Hooker, b. v. s. 22.

    A man of pleasant and popular conversation, of good extemporal judgment and discourse, for the satisfying of publick ministers. Wotton's Life of the Duke of Buckingham.

  2. Speaking without premeditation.

    Many foolish things fall from wise men, if they speak in haste, or be extemporal. Ben. Johnson's Discoveries.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Wotton, Henry (48)

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