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ad libitum

[ ad -lib-i-tuhm; Latin ahd -lib-i-toom ]
/ æd ˈlɪb ɪ təm; Latin ɑd ˈlɪb ɪˌtʊm /
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adjective, adverb
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

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British Dictionary definitions for ad libitum

ad libitum
/ (ˈlɪbɪtʊm, -təm) /

adjective, adverb
music (to be performed) at the performer's discretionOften shortened to: ad lib

Word Origin for ad libitum

see ad-lib
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