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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loosely, slacklyadverb

    in a relaxed manner; not rigid

    "his hands lay loosely"

  2. looselyadverb

    in a loose manner

    "a union of loosely federated states"

  3. broadly, loosely, broadly speaking, generallyadverb

    without regard to specific details or exceptions

    "he interprets the law broadly"

  4. looselyadverb

    knitted in a loose manner

    "loosely knit"


  1. looselyadverb

    In a loose manner.

  2. looselyadverb

    Not tightly.

    Insert all the bolts loosely, then tighten them.

  3. looselyadverb


    It's red, to use the term loosely, sort of brown and sort of orange, let's call it reddish.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Looselyadverb

    Etymology: from loose.

    I thought your love eternal: was it ty’d
    So loosely, that a quarrel could divide? John Dryden, Aureng.

    Her golden locks for haste were loosely shed
    About her ears. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    He has eminently, and within himself, all degrees of perfection that exist loosely and separately in all second beings. John Norris, Miscellany.

    In this age, a bishop, living loosely, was charged that his conversation was not according to the apostles lives. William Camden, Remains.

    We have not loosely through silence permitted things to pass away as in a dream. Richard Hooker.

    The chiming of some particular words in the memory, and making a noise in the head, seldom happens but when the mind is lazy, or very loosely and negligently employed. John Locke.

    A prince should not be so loosely studied, as to remember so weak a composition. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    The stage how loosely does Astræa tread,
    Who fairly puts all characters to bed. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Looselyadverb

    in a loose manner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loosely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loosely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of loosely in a Sentence

  1. Prince Harry:

    It’s fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate; it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle is, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.

  2. Mabrouk Atteya:

    Women and girls should cover up and dress loosely to stop the temptation... if you feel like your life is precious, leave the house completely covered up to stop those wanting you from slaughtering you.

  3. Sally Yates:

    And again, as I said, we can debate policies and we should, but it has to be based on a common set of facts, and the lack of any of even being loosely tethered to truth for some, I think is a really dangerous thing for our country.

  4. Dawn Holman:

    The type of clothing matters, a white T-shirt is going to provide less protection than a darker fabric, and think of the weave of the fabric or the hat. Take a straw hat; if it's too loosely woven, you get too much sunlight.

  5. Whitney Balliett:

    A critic is a bunch of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.

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