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Noun: looseness  loos-nus
  1. Frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumour
    - diarrhea [N. Amer], diarrhoea [Brit, Cdn], looseness of the bowels
     
  2. Freedom from restraint
    "the flexibility and looseness of the materials from which mythology is made"
     
  3. A lack of strict accuracy; laxity of practice
    "misunderstandings can often be traced to a looseness of expression"
     
  4. The quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints
     
  5. Movement or space for movement
    - play
     
  6. Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    - profligacy, dissipation, dissolution, licentiousness

Type of: inaccuracy, intemperance, intemperateness, movability, movableness, self-indulgence, symptom, unrestraint

Antonym: fixedness, tightness

Part of: dysentery

Encyclopedia: Looseness