Ad libitum



at one’s pleasure.
Music. not obligatory or indispensable.
Abbreviation: ad lib.
Historical Examples

Problematical judgements are those in which the affirmation or negation is accepted as merely possible (ad libitum).
The Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant

I dwell in my sky-parlor and become Jupiter the while, ad libitum.
The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke

Half-way across, he found the coolness of the water so agreeable that he decided to enjoy it ad libitum.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866 Various

The movement was obliged to be in triple time; the rest was ad libitum.
The Children’s Book of Thanksgiving Stories Various

The individual thus excited, then preaches, ad libitum, whether male or female.
Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach

A cheap and useful demulcent in pulmonary and urinary irritation; especially in catarrhs, gonorrha, &c.; ad libitum.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Surely when Nicholson undertook the house, he had not permission to defer the completing of it ad libitum.
A History of Giggleswick School Edward Allen Bell

There is an ad libitum supply for douches and baths in every camp.
Turkish Prisoners in Egypt Various

In fact they are at liberty to accept invitations and give them ad libitum.
Our Deportment John H. Young

If it is a case where stimulus is any relief, the nurse gives milk-punch or brandy, or whatever is wanted, ad libitum.
Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman

adjective, adverb
(music) (to be performed) at the performer’s discretion Often shortened to ad lib

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