Meaning of “off-the-shelf” in the English Dictionary

"off-the-shelf" in Business English

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off-the-shelfadjective [ before noun ]

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used to describe a product that is available immediately and does not need to be specially made to suit a particular purpose:

You can purchase off-the-shelf software or have it customized to suit your needs.
off the shelf
adverb

If you have complex needs, we don't recommend that you buy software off the shelf.

(Definition of “off-the-shelf” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)