: available as a stock item : not specially designed or custom-made
off-the-shelf software

Examples of off-the-shelf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At first, Kyiv was mostly using off-the-shelf equipment, either for surveillance or ingeniously adapted on the ground to drop small bombs. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Still another: If a Californian buys some off-the-shelf computer software — such as the TurboTax, for example — sales tax is added. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 After a mistake with the shower tile order (which would have added time and money to fix), the couple wound up buying an off-the-shelf, beige option from Home Depot. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 The fingertip sensor, made from off-the-shelf electronics, is installed on an existing prosthetic in a few hours. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Mar. 2024 Interviews with Ukrainian soldiers, commanders and military analysts say that Russia’s jamming capabilities are straining Ukraine’s limited supplies of off-the-shelf drones and threatening to sideline a key component of Ukraine’s arsenal as the Kremlin mass produces its own fleet of drones. Yurii Shyvala, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 But without more products accessible without a prescription behind-the-counter, as opposed to off-the-shelf, such switches in the U.S. will continue to be limited in number. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 The organization started by using off-the-shelf generative AI tools such as Google’s Bard and ChatGPT. Morgan Radford, NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024 Product teams can develop one piece of documentation or the marketing department can create an email campaign using an off-the-shelf GenAI solution. Carlos Melendez, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of off-the-shelf was in 1950

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“Off-the-shelf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-the-shelf. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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