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From Latin extemporānea, neuter plural of extemporāneus (extemporaneous).



extemporanea (uncountable)

  1. (rare) That which is extemporaneous; something effortless but transient or superficial.
    • 1926, Dorothy Parker, "Comment", collected in Enough Rope:
      Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
      A medley of extemporanea
    • 1969, Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, "But Mr. Adams" in 1776:
      The things I write are only light extemporanea. I won't put politics on paper... it's a mania! So I refuse to use the pen in Pennsylvania!
    • 2000, David J. Bederman, "I Hate International Law Scholarship (Sort Of)", Chicago Journal of International Law, vol. 1, no. 1:
      I have often confused quantity for quality in my writing, preferring to write light extemporanea, or to gloat over or gush on about every new treaty, or international law case, or incident.