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a. A theological or philosophical issue presented for formal argument or disputation.
b. Formal disputation of such an issue.
2. Music A usually humorous medley.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin quodlibetum, from Latin quod libet, anything at all : quod, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + libet, it pleases, third person sing. present tense of libēre, to be pleasing; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Music, other) a light piece of music based on two or more popular tunes
2. (Theology) a subtle argument, esp one prepared as an exercise on a theological topic
[C14: from Latin, from quod what + libet pleases, that is, whatever you like]
ˌquodliˈbetical adj
ˌquodliˈbetically adv


(ˈkwɒd ləˌbɛt)

1. a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usu. on a theological or scholastic subject.
2. a fanciful arrangement of usu. familiar tunes in polyphonic relationship.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quodlibetum; compare Latin quod libet what pleases, as you please]
quod`li•bet′ic, quod`li•bet′i•cal, adj.


a nice or fine point, as in argument; a subtlety. — quodlibetal, adj.
See also: Argumentation, Philosophy


 a musical medley; a collection of several airs, 1377.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quodlibet - an issue that is presented for formal disputation
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"


n (Mus) → Quodlibet nt, → (Lieder)potpourri nt
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They were called Quodlibets when I was first introduced to them by singing, "In the Good Old Summertime" along with "The Sidewalks of New York.
A case in point: to my knowledge, the only doctoral dissertation dedicated to the ensalada is a performance thesis, not a full-fledged musicological study (Roger Hamilton Wesby, "The Ensaladas of Mateo Flecha el viejo: Nonsensical Quodlibets or a Genre of Deeper Meaning?
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There were no conditionals, quodlibets, orsic et nons in this formulation, so Hamilton had to fall back on agency, and in this case both a reconstructive and retroactive agency on the one hand (Nitze's having recast his own intentions to fit a desired result that had not been manifest at the time of the signing) and an alienated, non-privileged agency on the other (those 'lawyers' that Hamilton speaks of derisively who have caused Nitze to change his mind).
In 1544, the editor and music teacher Wolfgang Schmeltzl produced an anthology of quodlibets, including at least one German contrafact of an Italian composition (Matthias Werrecore's "Schlact vor Pavia," based on Philipp Verdelot's "Una battaglia") for use in teaching at his monastic school in Vienna.
The range of topics included in these Quodlibets is truly representative of Ockham's interests, including logic, physics, anthropology, ethics, and natural and revealed theology.
Collage is the only technique Ives seems to have invented, and it has ancestors in quodlibets and medleys.