- an academic debate or exercise in argument, esp. on a theological question
- a humorously incongruous musical parody, esp. of well-known melodies or texts
Origin of quodlibetLate Middle English from Medieval Latin quodlibeta, disputation from Classical Latin quod libet, as you will from quod, neuter of qui, who + libet, 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense of libere, to please
- a. A theological or philosophical issue presented for formal argument or disputation.b. Formal disputation of such an issue.
- Music A usually humorous medley.
Origin of quodlibetMiddle 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.
- (music) A form of music with melodies in counterpoint.
- (art) A form of trompe l'oeil which realistically renders domestic items (paper-knives, playing-cards, ribbons, etc).
- (philosophy) A mode of philosophical debate popular in the Middle Ages, in which any question could be posed extemporaneously.