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adverb loosely pronunciation in British English /ˈluːsli/
  1. 1
    not firmly or tightly

    He held the rope loosely in his right hand.

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  2. 2
    not in an exact or detailed way

    loosely translated

    The two terms are employed very loosely, and are often interchangeable.

  3. 3
    not according to a strict system or official set of rules

    an informal, loosely structured organization


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