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ad libitum

ad lib·i·tum
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad lib-i-tuh m; Latin ahd lib-i-too m]
    • /æd ˈlɪb ɪ təm; Latin ɑd ˈlɪb ɪˌtʊm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad lib-i-tuh m; Latin ahd lib-i-too m]
    • /æd ˈlɪb ɪ təm; Latin ɑd ˈlɪb ɪˌtʊm/

Definitions of ad libitum words

  • adjective ad libitum (to be performed) at the performer's discretion 3
  • noun ad libitum at (one's) pleasure; as one pleases 3

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Origin of ad libitum

First appearance:

before 1695
One of the 49% oldest English words
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1695-1705

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Parts of speech for Ad libitum

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

ad libitum popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 73% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

ad libitum usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ad libitum

adv ad libitum

  • ad-lib — If you ad-lib something in a play or a speech, you say something which has not been planned or written beforehand.
  • freely — in a free manner.
  • impromptu — made or done without previous preparation: an impromptu address to the unexpected crowds.
  • improvised — made or said without previous preparation: an improvised skit.
  • impulsive — actuated or swayed by emotional or involuntary impulses: an impulsive child.

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