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An extempore judgment is one given orally at the conclusion of a hearing, as opposed to being reserved and delivered (usually in writing) at a later date.

The expression, from the Latin “ex tempore”, means of or from the time, but is more loosely understood to mean something spoken or done without preparation, spontaneously, on the spot or “off the cuff”. Hence, also, “extemporise” and “extemporaneously”.

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