leeway

noun lee·way \ ˈlē-ˌwā \
|Updated on: 20 Aug 2018

Definition of leeway

1 a : off-course lateral movement of a ship when underway
  • The sailboat's centerboard helps to reduce leeway.
b : the angle between the heading and the track of an airplane
2 : an allowable margin of freedom or variation : tolerance
  • The new rules allow managers greater leeway in making decisions.

Examples of leeway in a Sentence

  1. They give their students leeway to try new things.

  2. you will be given some leeway in choosing how to carry out the project

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First Known Use of leeway

1669

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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leeway Synonyms

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LEEWAY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of leeway for English Language Learners

  • : freedom to do something the way you want to do it



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