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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