off-the-shelf off-the-shelf adj. Made in large quantities and intended to be used without modifications; -- similar to {off-the-rack}, but not restricted to clothing. Opposite of {custom-made}, {made-to-order}, or {one-of-a-kind}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

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