leeway

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noun lee·way \ˈlē-ˌwā\

Definition of leeway

  1. 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. 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

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LEEWAY Defined for English Language Learners

leeway

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noun lee·way \ˈlē-ˌwā\

Definition of leeway for English Language Learners

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



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