Definition of leeway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlēˌwā/


1The amount of freedom to move or act that is available: the government had several months' leeway to introduce reforms
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  • Because of it she had been given more freedom and leeway then other daughters of kings.
  • Our readers have a fair amount of leeway in choosing where they earn those frequent-traveler points.
  • And I think the press is at least giving them leeway now to make those moves.
freedom, scope, latitude, space, room, liberty, flexibility, license, free hand, free rein
1.1Margin of safety: there is little leeway if anything goes wrong
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  • Up here in the still vastness there is no margin for error, no wiggle room, no leeway between getting it right and dying.
2The sideways drift of a ship or an aircraft to leeward of the desired course: the leeway is only about 2°

Words that rhyme with leeway

freeway, keyway, seaway

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Syllabification: lee·way

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