[awf-thuh-shelf, of-]
readily available from merchandise in stock.
made according to a standardized format; not developed for specialized or individual needs; ready-made: off-the-shelf computer programs.

1945–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
It can often be less expensive than buying a comparable off-the-shelf item.
Custom-made servos cost many times the price of off-the-shelf ones.
With the scrambled data in hand, crackers can run through trillions of possibilities with off-the-shelf hardware.
Most of it is going to road resurfacing, safety upgrades and other off-the-shelf fix-it projects that require less preparation.
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