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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Italic *luβēt, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-. Cognate with English love, German lieben, Liebe.

The unrounding of [u] to [i] is a regular sound change between /l/ and a labial consonant; see also līber (free), liber (book), and clipeus.

Alternative forms[edit]



libet (present infinitive libēre, perfect active libuit or libitum est); second conjugation, no passive

  1. (with dative) it is pleasing; it is agreeable.
    • 254-184 B.C.E., Plautus, Asinaria
      Dīc quod libet. — "Say what you will." (literally: "Say what is pleasing.")
Usage notes[edit]

Designates pleasure in something desired, while placeō in something recognised as right.

   Conjugation of libet (second conjugation, mostly impersonal, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present libet
imperfect libēbat
future libēbit
perfect libuit, libitum est
pluperfect libuerat, libitum erat
future perfect libuerit, libitum erit
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present libeat
imperfect libēret
perfect libuerit, libitum sit
pluperfect libuisset, libitum esset libuissent
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives libēre libuisse, libitum esse
participles libēns libitum
Derived terms[edit]
  • English: quodlibet

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of lībō (taste, sip).




  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of lībō


  • libet in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • libet in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • libet in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette



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libet m (plural libets)

  1. (Jersey, fishing) hoop net