Definition of leeway
1a : off-course lateral movement of a ship when under way <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
They give their students leeway to try new things.
<you will be given some leeway in choosing how to carry out the project>
First Known Use of leeway
LEEWAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leeway for English Language Learners
: freedom to do something the way you want to do it
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