looseness

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Etymology[edit]

From loose +‎ -ness.

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Noun[edit]

looseness (plural loosenesses)

  1. The quality or fact of being free from rigidity, attachment or restraint; not tight, not firmly attached or taut.
    See if that nut has too much looseness and tighten it if it does.
  2. A relaxed state regarding principles or accuracy.
  3. Moral laxity; licentiousness.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii:
      Yet goodly court he made still to his Dame, / Pourd out in loosnesse on the grassy grownd [...].

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