Spontaneous vs. Extemporaneous — What's the Difference?
Difference Between Spontaneous and Extemporaneous
Happening or arising without apparent external cause; self-generated
A microorganism capable of spontaneous movement.
Carried out or performed with little or no preparation; impromptu
An extemporaneous piano recital.
Arising from a natural inclination or impulse and not from forethought or prompting
A spontaneous protest.
Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text
An extemporaneous speech.
Unconstrained and unstudied in manner or behavior
A spontaneous personality.
Skilled at or given to unrehearsed speech or performance
An accomplished extemporaneous speaker.
Growing without cultivation or human labor
Provided, made, or adapted as an expedient; makeshift
An extemporaneous policy decision.
Self-generated; happening without any apparent external cause.
He made a spontaneous offer of help.
A make spontaneous decision
With inadequate preparation or without advance thought; offhand.
Done by one's own free choice, or without planning.
Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; off-hand; ad-lib; extempore; extemporary; as, an extemporaneous address or production.
Proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external or conscious constraint.
With little or no preparation or forethought;
His ad-lib comments showed poor judgment
An extemporaneous piano recital
An extemporary lecture
An extempore skit
An impromptu speech
Trying to sound offhanded and reassuring
An off-the-cuff toast
A few unrehearsed comments
Arising from a momentary impulse.
Controlled and directed internally; self-active; spontaneous movement characteristic of living things.
Produced without being planted or without human cultivation or labor.
Sudden, without warning.
Proceeding from natural feeling, temperament, or disposition, or from a native internal proneness, readiness, or tendency, without constraint; as, a spontaneous gift or proposition.
Proceeding from, or acting by, internal impulse, energy, or natural law, without external force; as, spontaneous motion; spontaneous growth.
Produced without being planted, or without human labor; as, a spontaneous growth of wood.
Spontaneous joys, where nature has its play,The soul adopts, and owns their firstborn away.
Happening or arising without apparent external cause;
A spontaneous abortion
Said or done without having been planned or written in advance;
He made a few ad-lib remarks
Produced without being planted or without human labor;