[ ad lib-i-tuh m; Latin ahd lib-i-too m ]
/ æd ˈlɪb ɪ təm; Latin ɑd ˈlɪb ɪˌtʊm /
at one's pleasure.
Music. not obligatory or indispensable. Abbreviation: ad lib.
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Origin of ad libitum
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1695–1705
Words nearby ad libitum
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British Dictionary definitions for ad libitum
/ (ˈlɪbɪtʊm, -təm) /
music (to be performed) at the performer's discretionOften shortened to: ad lib
Word Origin for ad libitum
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