ad libitum

adverb
ad li·​bi·​tum | \ (ˌ)ad-ˈli-bə-təm How to pronounce ad libitum (audio) \

Definition of ad libitum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: ad lib rats fed ad libitum

ad libitum

adjective

Definition of ad libitum (Entry 2 of 2)

: omissible according to a performer's wishes used as a direction in music — compare obbligato entry 1

Examples of ad libitum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The researchers found that, in the calorie restriction group, levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol decreased significantly after one year, and that change was maintained at two years, while changes were very small in the ad libitum group. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of ad libitum

Adverb

1606, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad libitum

Adverb

borrowed from Medieval Latin, "in accordance with one's wishes"

Adjective

after ad libitum entry 1

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The first known use of ad libitum was in 1606

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“Ad libitum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad%20libitum. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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ad libitum

adverb
ad li·​bi·​tum | \ (ˈ)ad-ˈlib-ət-əm How to pronounce ad libitum (audio) \

Medical Definition of ad libitum

: ad lib

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