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readymade

or ready-made

[red-ee-meyd] /ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd/
noun
1.
an everyday manufactured object, as a bottle rack, a snow shovel, a urinal, or a comb, that may by the creative act of selection and designation by an artist attain status as a work of art: associated almost exclusively with the aesthetic activities of Marcel Duchamp during the period 1915 to 1917.
Origin of readymade
< French < English; term introduced by Duchamp in 1915

ready-made

[red-ee-meyd] /ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd/
adjective
1.
made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order:
a ready-made coat.
2.
made for immediate use.
3.
unoriginal; conventional.
noun
4.
5.
something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture or equipment.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English
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Examples from the Web for readymade
Contemporary Examples
  • It counts as a  readymade, of sorts, because like Duchamp's famous urinal it transplants a functional object into the art world.

Historical Examples
  • And that was devoted to what—readymade clothes, ski clothes, and that sort of thing?

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Camp was pitched upon a knoll with plenty of pine trees so standing that natural tentpoles were readymade.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • When a readymade definition, admirably rendered, is at your command, why be at the pains of making a new one for yourself?

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for readymade

ready-made

adjective
1.
made for purchase and immediate use by any customer: a ready-made jacket
2.
extremely convenient or ideally suited: a ready-made solution
3.
unoriginal or conventional: ready-made phrases
noun
4.
a ready-made article, esp a garment
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