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ad libitum

[ad lib-i-tuh m; Latin ahd lib-i-too m] /æd ˈlɪb ɪ təm; Latin ɑd ˈlɪb ɪˌtʊm/
adjective, adverb
at one's pleasure.
Music. not obligatory or indispensable.
Abbreviation: ad lib.
Origin of ad libitum
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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ad libitum

/ˈlɪbɪtʊm; -təm/
adjective, adverb
(music) (to be performed) at the performer's discretion Often shortened to ad lib
Word Origin
see ad-lib
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