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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.]
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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]
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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.
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a nice or fine point, as in argument; a subtlety. — quodlibetal, adj.See also: Argumentation, Philosophy
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Quodlibeta musical medley; a collection of several airs, 1377.
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|Noun||1.||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"
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