[ad lib-i-tuh m; Latin ahd lib-i-too m]
- at one's pleasure.
- Music. not obligatory or indispensable. Abbreviation: ad lib.
Origin of ad libitum
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1695–1705
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Related Words for ad libitumad-lib, extemporaneous, freely, impromptu, improvised, impulsive, made-up, offhand, spontaneously, unrehearsed, off-the-cuff
- music (to be performed) at the performer's discretionOften shortened to: ad lib
Word Origin for ad libitum
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