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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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Captain John Mason, Founder of New Hampshire (Boston, 1887), 1-32; and Hayman, Quodlibets, lately come over from New Britaniola, Old New-foundland (London, 1628), E4r.
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?
2) This includes printed literature by John Mason, Briefe Discourse of the New-found-land (1620), Richard Whitbourne, Discourse and Discovery of Newfoundland (1620), and Discourse Containing a Loving Invitation (1622), Richard Eburne, A Plaine Path-Way to Plantations (1624), William Vaughan, The Golden Fleece (1626), and The Newlanders Cure (1630), and Robert Hayman Quodlibets Lately Come Over from New Britaniola (1628).
As Holofernes and Nathaniel traded their macaronic quodlibets on the correct pronunciation of English and Latin tags, they were aided and abetted in comic terms by the minstrels in the gallery above providing them with a variety of reedy farts and squeaks, in response to which they could look disconcertedly at each other and waft their hats.
All references to the Quodlibets are from this edition.
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).
64) John Speed, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (London, 1611, STC 23041), 157; Robert Johnson, Nova Britannia, Offering Most Excellent Fruits by Planting in Virginia (London, 1609, STC 14699); Robert Hayman, Quodlibets, Lately Come Over from New Britaniola, Old Newfoundland (London, 1628, STC 12974).
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.