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ad libitum

adverb ad li·bi·tum \ (ˌ)ad-ˈli-bə-təm \

Definition of ad libitum

:ad lib
  • rats fed ad libitum

Origin and Etymology of ad libitum

New Latin, in accordance with desire


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ad libitum

adjective

Definition of ad libitum

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

First Known Use of ad libitum

1786


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ad libitum

adverb ad li·bi·tum \ (ˈ)ad-ˈlib-ət-əm \

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