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English noun: looseness

1. looseness (state) frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor

Synonymsdiarrhea, diarrhoea, looseness of the bowels

Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)Montezuma's revenge, the shits, the trots

Part meronymdysentery

2. looseness (attribute) freedom from restraint

SamplesThe flexibility and looseness of the materials from which mythology is made.

Broader (hypernym)unrestraint

3. looseness (attribute) a lack of strict accuracy; laxity of practice

SamplesMisunderstandings can often be traced to a looseness of expression.

Broader (hypernym)inaccuracy

4. looseness (attribute) the quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints

Broader (hypernym)movability, movableness

Antonymsfixity, fastness, fixedness, secureness, fixture

5. looseness (attribute) movement or space for movement

SamplesThere was too much play in the steering wheel.


Broader (hypernym)movability, movableness

Narrower (hyponym)slack, slackness, wiggliness

Antonymstautness, tightness

6. looseness (act) dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure

Synonymsdissipation, dissolution, licentiousness, profligacy

Broader (hypernym)intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence

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